WE (Wolfpack Excellence) Recycle

  • One of the original recycling efforts at a University Football venue.
  • Awarded as "Most Innovative Program" by the Carolina Recycling Association in 2003


"WE Recycle," NC State's Stadium Tailgate Recycling Program was started by a Caldwell Fellow in 2003 in coordination with the WRR Office. Originally called "Chuck It" Recycling (after former head coach Chuck Amato). Seeing the chuck wagon rolling through collecting bottles and cans was a familiar site to tailgaters preparing for the next NC State victory. After the departure of coach Chuck Amato the effort was rebranded the "WE Recycle" program and recycles nearly 20 tons of beverage containers each season, making it one of the nation's most productive stadium recycling efforts. The program relies on volunteers, cruising the tailgating lots in the hours before the game to stress the importance of recycling to the whole NC State community.


The program was created to inspire Alumni and students to reduce their "paw print" and divert material from the landfill by providing ways to recycle while tailgating. In addition, the WE Recycle program seeks to inspire the Wolfpack to victory through providing a sense of community, continuity with the past and by generating wolfpack spirit.

Get Involved 

Volunteers are needed to distribute bags to tailgaters and instruct them on how to utilize their clear bags for recycling. The clear bags are primarily distributed by volunteers but are also available from Wolfpack In The House (WITH) and the Wolfpack Club representatives. To volunteer, see the volunteer sign up link on the side bar of this page or click here. Volunteers do not need to be affiliated with NC State University (students, faculty and staff are welcome to volunteer with friends and family). Volunteers under the age of 18 must be with a parent at all times and sign a waiver.

As a tailgater, remember to tie the clear bag and place it on the ground to be picked up by the recycling collection crew.