Trash talk leads UGA to boost tailgating clean-up efforts

UGA campus after recent tailgating.

UGA campus after recent tailgating. Photo courtesy of Tom Ritch

For all of you who posted last week that the trashing of the UGA campus during football tailgating  was partly due to a lack of trash receptacles, you have been heard.

On Wednesday, UGA officials said they will add more garbage bins, distribute more trash bags and increase the number of portable bathrooms to prevent a repeat of the destruction that followed the Sept. 12 game against South Carolina. Tailgaters dumped about 70 tons of garbage and left mounds of tents, grills, coolers, chairs and bottles across the North Campus. They urinated on public buildings and defecated outside, UGA President Michael Adams said.

The new measures will be put to the test  Saturday when UGA goes against Arizona State at home. Workers will distribute 12,000 trash bags in parking lots and around campus.

Now, a smart reader sent us this note, proving that someone at UGA learned math:

“You have now published two articles chastising UGA fans for the amount of garbage left after the South Carolina game.  If your articles are correct (70 tons) that would mean that each of the 97,000 fans left behind 1.5 pounds of garbage.  Seems like a lot to me, but let’s assume that you were furnished accurate figures.
You also state that the university is increasing the number of garbage bins from 1200 to 1500 for the next home game.  Assuming that the average garbage bin will hold 30 pounds of garbage the capacity is now 45,000 pounds or 22.5 tons.  Even if you replace each of them once during the game, you only could accommodate 44 tons of garbage.
I think the problem at my Alma Mater is one of math.  If you invite 97,000 people to your home for a party and force them to come early to get a parking spot, you can expect that they will create a considerable amount of litter in the seven or so hours they spend waiting for the party to begin.  The same is true for the number of portable toilets.  You cannot let people ply themselves with beverages for seven hours and not provide adequate relief points.
My Alma Mater, I believe, made one of the highest dollar profit on athletics in the country.  If the University if dissatisfied with the behavior of the guests, then they should not invite them to the party.
Personally I would prefer that the University quit complaining and furnish sufficient trash bins and portable toilets to handle the crowds.  And, while they’re at it, move the Georgia/Florida game to home and home.
Terry B. Shirey, Sr

12 comments Add your comment

DeKalb Conservative

September 23rd, 2009
12:24 pm

Looks like UGA has put forth a good effort. Now its time to see if Georgia pride is rhetorical, or if the students and tailgaters actually care.


September 23rd, 2009
9:18 pm

I was in Athens for the UGA-SC game, and I have to admit, I was shocked at the trash, And I bet that most of the people there were, at some point, Boy or Girl Scouts, who were taught to “take out your trash” when you visit the woods — or, in this case, North Campus. I mean, come ON, folks — yeah, trashcans would have been nice. But let’s face it, this was the work of just a bunch of rude drunks. If you were at a friend’s house, you would NEVER leave wrappers or empty soda cans on the floor. Why do they think it’s ok here?

There were absolutely NO bathrooms available to the public. One notice on a barred and locked North Campus bathroom directed people to a bathroom four blocks away — a daunting prospect when someone feels Nature’s call . . . The ladies room in the Student Union were uniformly filthy — unflushed toilets, trash on the floors, overflowing trashcans. This was one of the few bathrooms open to the public — and it was almost unusable.

Instead of the University going to the expense of providing thousands of trashbags, wouldn’t it be more polite and more responsible for each group to just bring their own trashbag and pick up after themselves? Are UGA fans really that classless? Or, better yet — raise some money and start writing littering tickets. THAT would make the place spotless in ten minutes.


September 23rd, 2009
9:40 pm

I am embarrassed by the pictures of North Campus. I have NEVER seen it look that disgraceful. Come on, people! If you are going to tailgate, bring a few trash bags yourself!!

The bathroom situation, however, does sound like a serious concern. I usually tail-gated around the music building or the visitor center, however, and the bathroom situation there was great.

Of note: AJC writer manages to slip sarcasm about UGA’s academic quality into her article. Great. (also note: UGA grad using sarcasm in return)

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Uncle Rico

September 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

flat out disgusting – no other way to spin it.

that picture of N. Campus looks like the SuperDome post-Katrina.

during my 5 yrs at UGA in the early 90’s (yes – I graduated, thank you very much), I never saw anything close to this level.
as a matter of fact, I recall walking through N. Campus after games thinking how clean things were & that we either had the tidiest tailgaters or the best clean-up crews in the country…or both.

* Rule #1 – pick up after yourself. we all know it’s the right thing to do, regardless of where you’re from. trash bage are not expensive, & it would only take a few per group to get the job done.

* Rule #2 – UGA needs to put dozens of porta-potties all over campus. this is also the right thing to do. when you know that 50,000+ people will be eating/drinking & drinking some more on your property, you must be prepared.

as an environmentalist, I’m angry & disgusted. As a UGA alum, I’m embarassed & ashamed.


September 24th, 2009
1:09 pm

How much trouble is it to put a couple of garbage bags in all your tailgating stuff? We always have bags.

Buster the dawg

September 24th, 2009
2:06 pm

The trash is bad enough but these savages use the doorways of the buildings as bathrooms.

If I were Adams I’d just ban tailgating on North Campus and tell people that when they learn how to behave like humans they can come back.

It is embarrassing that UGA grads behave like this.


September 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

I was at that game and tailgated. Some group other than the one’s tail-gating had to have dumped out trash bags that were left behind as well as destroying tents left during the game. I can tell you as the game started it did not look like that. Also I am not a dawg fan (nor a USC fan) I was there with friends. You have an awesome campus and unfortunately someone or group enjoyed ruining it.

Roll Tide

Classic City Lurker

September 24th, 2009
5:18 pm

“There were absolutely NO bathrooms available to the public.”

BS. There still stands a row of 8 port-a-lets by Moore College, 6 behind New College, and who knows where else all over campus. They’ve stood there since the Friday before the game.
Not that I’m excusing the slobs’ behavior.


September 24th, 2009
7:25 pm

This is what comes of pricing tickets into the stratosphere. The “corporate groups” simply hand out the tickets to whomever, most likely folks who never walked the revered campus and spent 4 years there as home. Since they have no history there, they have no reason to take care of or respect it.

David S

September 26th, 2009
10:38 pm

A lack of recepticles for trash is no excuse for what is seen in the photo. As I said in a previous post the other week, you either pack it out or at least put it in the area around the full cans. The “management” will get the message and at least it shows that YOU tried, but they failed to provide adequate means.

But of course, these additional cans will cost money, but no fees will be levied to cover the costs. After all, this is government and their money is actually your money so they just don’t have to care about how they waste it. Stick ‘em up or go to jail. Wonderful system we have in this “free” country.

For most of these loser fans, the only way the trash will make it into the cans/bags is if someone does it for them. I suspect they have to hire folks to go to the bathroom with them so they actually get their asses wiped too.


David S

September 26th, 2009
10:40 pm

Dogs crap wherever they feel like. DAWGS crap all over their campus.