Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Green Grove Gameday Recycling Program


The Green Grove Program at the University of Mississippi is a popular volunteer-driven program that aims to incorporate recycling into the game day experience by engaging and educating tailgaters in the Grove and Circle. Through the program, the university also aims to decrease the amount of waste that ends up in landfills as a result of tailgating.

Green Grove volunteers help work toward these goals by speaking with fans and passing out recycling bags in the Grove on select gamedays and also by helping sort the collected recycling bags from the tailgating areas at the Oxford Recycling Center each Monday and Tuesday following all home football games. Additionally, Green Grove participates in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a national collegiate competition that measures the recycling efforts and diversion rates produced from tailgating areas and stadiums around the country.

How to Get Involved

There are two ways for students to get involved in the Green Grove Program during the fall 2018 semester:

1.)  Volunteer – Volunteer opportunities include educating tailgaters on select football home game Saturdays and sorting recycling the following Monday and/or Tuesday after all home games at the Oxford Recycling Center. Additional volunteer opportunities may be available throughout the semester. Volunteer sign up sheets will be posted prior to September 2018.

2.) Apply to be a Green Grove Team Leader – Green Grove Team Leaders help organize volunteers to participate in the EPA’s Gameday Challenge, a national recycling challenge that measures diversion rates produced by colleges and universities across the country. Green Grove Leaders also lead groups of students through the Grove and Circle to pass out recycling bags and talk to tailgaters about the Gameday Challenge during two home football games, and help promote the challenge to students and tailgaters. Team Leaders will learn about recycling in Oxford and gain professional skills like hands-on project management, outreach and more. The 2018 Green Grove Team Leader cohort is limited to 13 students.

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Contact Information

For further information on the program or to sign up your group/student organization to volunteer, contact us at