Zero Waste Wolfpack

Zero Waste Wolfpack

The Zero Waste Wolfpack program integrates fan experience, academic research, student leadership, and community engagement to actively work towards zero waste at NC State Athletics events.

What does zero waste mean? NC State’s Waste Reduction & Recycling (WRR) department strives for the numerical “zero”, meaning NOTHING is sent to the landfill, rather, all materials needing to be disposed of are recycled, composted, donated, or reused.

Zero waste is possible, especially as we incorporate the enthusiasm of our #WolfpackNation fans, with our NC State student leaders and volunteers, operational efficiencies, and academic research being done by our NC State professors and others on sport ecology and fan engagement strategies.

Zero Waste Wolfpack Impact

Currently, the Zero Waste Wolfpack program is the cornerstone of sustainability at Carter-Finley Stadium. It unites our pregame tailgate & stadium recycling program, WE Recycle, with Carter-Finley Composts, an in-game compost collections program, under one umbrella. Zero Waste Wolfpack is a partnership with Waste Industries, Coca-Cola, NC State AthleticsWolfpack Sports Properties and Waste Reduction and Recycling.

The chart below begins in 2015, the first year composting appeared at each home football game. Waste-to-landfill has continuously decreased, even when factoring in the number of games played at home each season.

The overall diversion rate (or the percentage of waste that was “diverted away” from a landfill through composting & recycling) from home football games has also been increasing as fans begin to turn to reusable tailgating supplies and operations are refined.

Fan engagement, student development, collaborative partnership, and gameday operations have all been recognized with local, regional, and international awards.


Zero Waste Wolfpack

City of Raleigh Environmental Award, 2018


Zero Waste Wolfpack

Carolina Recycling Association, 2019


Zero Waste Wolfpack

actively connects students and community, by integrating professional development, academic research, leadership, and service to sustainability issues.

In 2019,  4 dedicated student interns focused on waste diversion at athletic events. Zero Waste Wolfpack takes pride in being a part of every home football game and soccer match at NC State University. It has also expanded to single athletic events for Women’s Basketball and Men’s & Women’s Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, and Golf.They recruited, communicated, and led a variety of student organizations that reflect the diversity of the Wolfpack Nation. Since 2015, 1,119 volunteers have donated over 4,000 hours to help NC State strive for zero waste.


Volunteer with the Zero Waste Wolfpack

TBA in 2020!