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If you ask me what my favorite season is, I would absolutely say autumn. From the color palette to the slightly cooler temperatures, I love all of it. And I especially love that autumn brings football season!

But even more than the game itself, I look forward to the tailgating, especially when it comes to my alma mater — the Ragin Cajuns! Louisiana truly embraces the spirit of tailgating, and it adds to the big event that is each football game, whether college. The spots are reserved, the food is prepared, the drinks are flowing, and the children are playing games. Okay, the adults too, probably.

But tailgating and watching football games can leave behind a lot of trash, so do your part to reduce your waste. Even if you’re hosting Game Day at your house, these are a few tips you can follow to be a little more eco-friendly!

Recycling bins are available at both UL and LSU games — use them! Make sure not to throw anything contaminated with food into a recycling bin, or everything will then be trashed.

Cans are recyclable, and glass bottles are not, so remember that when you’re shopping for beverages. For mixed drinks or soft drinks, choose reusable plastic, acrylic, or regular glassware, instead of single-use Solo or foam cups. 

Pack drinks in reusable ice chests instead of Styrofoam coolers, and food in reusable containers instead of the single-use foil pans.

Dinnerware and utensils are the most common items thrown away at gatherings, so if you have a smaller gathering, pack lightweight reusable plates and utensils.

If you still prefer to go the disposable dinnerware route, choose disposable plates/utensils that are made with recycled content. Many grocery stores carry options with that contain a percentage of recycled material. You can also find plates or bowls made with plant-based materials, bagasse (a sugarcane by-product), or compostable materials. (However, these items may only be compostable in a commercial facility.) Always skip the Styrofoam — it will never go away!

Use cloth napkins instead of paper, and throw them in the wash after the game. Use koozies so you don’t have to resort to paper towels or napkins. 

When you’re inside the stadium, keep all of your concession waste and throw it away as you leave. 

Another way to be eco-friendly? Leave your car at home! Traffic is a mess and parking is already a hassle, so carpool with others, ride your bike (my personal game day transportation mode) or arrange to get dropped off.

Don’t forget that UL has implemented the clear bag policy for all sporting events, and one way to be eco-friendly about it is to borrow one from a friend or relative.

For game days at home, provide your guests with easy access to a trash can and a recycling bin. Keep them next to each other and clearly mark what is accepted in the recycling bin. Don’t make them guess or work extra to recycle.

Have leftovers? Use reusable containers to package everything up. If you’re a guest, bring your own container for leftovers.

So, if you’re going to a football game this season (for any team!), I challenge you to leave no trash behind! If you use it, you dispose of it. Don’t leave it in the stands. 

Lafayette native Caitlin Sonnier Russo is the bike-riding, compulsive litter-collecting, yoga-obsessed green blogger behind EcoCajun.com.

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