Carter-Finley Composts

Composting made its debut at the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Game on the concourse of Carter-Finley Stadium. Collections from the concourse bloomed again during the 2015 Spring Game before emerging for each home Pack Football game, beginning in 2015.

Carter-Finley Composts unites with the WE Recycle program to form Zero Waste Wolfpack, a strategic operational and educational program that strives for zero waste within the athletic facilities at NC State University.

Compost collections expanded beyond the concourse in 2015 to also include stadium-cleanup collections (performed by contractors post-game) and food scraps/waste collections from the suites in Vaughn Towers in 2016. Partnering with NC State’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network, as well as refining and improving operations, pushed the total weights of compost collected and diverted from the landfill from all of these venues (stadium, concourse, Vaughn Towers) to nearly 28,000 lbs in 2017!

The following chart represents the amount of compost collected from each game from the program inception. (Note that 2016 season had 7 home football games, one more than both 2015 & 2017.)


Carter-Finley Composts Volunteer Information

Volunteers are assigned to a set of bins (compost, recycle, landfill) during the football game. Their job is to interact with fans and help them to properly sort their waste. Volunteers are also responsible for taking the compost bags to a designated location and making sure the compost bins are bagged. The goal is to divert as much waste from the landfill through composting and recycling efforts. Volunteers will be provided with a t-shirt and gloves to wear during their shift.


If you have a group of 15 or more that would like to volunteer, please contact us with the following information:

  • Group Name/Organization
  • Number of interested volunteers
  • Home game dates you would like to volunteer for
  • Contact Information

Recognized NC State student organizations can earn $200 for volunteering as a group! Group volunteer slots are on a first come, first serve basis.


  • Fill out the volunteer form, Carter-Finley Composts Volunteer Sign-Up
  • Volunteer slots are on a first come, first serve basis, and we may not be able to utilize all of the volunteers that sign up for each game. Confirmation for volunteering occurs when you receive an email from us noting your selection.
  • If you are selected to volunteer, we will contact you approximately 1-2 weeks in advance to confirm you are still interested and that you need a parking pass. At that time, we will also provide detailed information on a meet-up time and location (please note, game times are usually posted only a few weeks prior to each game).
  • Individual 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/guardian at all times and have a signed waiver.


  • Game access – Volunteers will be stationed on the concourse during the game and be expected to interact with fans and help them to properly sort their waste.  Interaction with fans is the purpose of this volunteer program so please limit your game watching!
  • Parking pass (We encourage carpooling whenever possible)
  • T-shirt


Carter-Finley Composts

Carter-Finley Stadium is composting! Compost bins (gray bins with green lids) will be stationed along the stadium concourse for all leftover food and compostable items. Student volunteers will be available to help fans sort their waste. Fans can help us strive for zero waste at Carter-Finley by bringing any leftover food and compostable items to the bins.


FAN GUIDE 2016_Stadium

gray bin with green lid

  • All leftover food such as pizza, hot dogs, funnel cakes, lemons, peanut shells, nachos
  • Compostable items such as pizza boxes, popcorn boxes, paper plates, napkins, paper condiment cups, wax paper

red bin with white lid

  • Plastic Bottles
  • Cans
  • Plastic NC State Stadium Cups
  • Flyers and Posters
  • Cardboard Candy Boxes (plastic inside boxes should be thrown in the trash)
  • Cardboard (clean and free of all food waste)

gray bin without a lid

  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic lemonade cups (place the lemon in the compost bin before throwing out the cup)
  • Peanut bags, wrappers, and condiment packets
  • Chick-fil-A sandwich bags
  • Hot dog wrappers
  • Plastic trays
  • Plastic bags/plastic wrap
  • Plastic utensils