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