It’s once again college football season. For MU football fans, that means crisp fall weather, tailgating and the roar of the crowd as the Mizzou Tigers battle Southeastern Conference foes. All of those fans packing Memorial Stadium each Saturday inevitably leave a bit of trash behind, and MU Engineering researchers recently completed a study into how that waste can be managed in a sustainable manner.
Christine Costello, assistant research professor of Bioengineering, and Ron McGarvey, assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, worked with recent MU Engineering alumna Esma Birisci and a team of graduate and undergraduate researchers to gather the data for the recently-released “Achieving Sustainability beyond Zero Waste: A Case Study from a College Football Stadium,” in the journal Sustainability.
The research team worked with Anthony Wirkus and the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Department to audit the landfill-destined waste from five MU home games during the 2014 season. To accomplish this, the team sorted a sample of bags from the total waste stream associated with Memorial Stadium.