Athletic and Event Recycling, known as Bearcat Recycling, is the University of Cincinnati's program to recycle at special events and athletic games on campus. Started in autumn 2007 as 'Tailgate Recycling,' volunteers focused on recycling during tailgating at home football games. By the 2008 football season, the program had expanded to include recycling during the games, working with vendors to retrieve cardboard and plastic bottles. Bearcat Recycling is facilitated by the Office of Sustainability whose staff goes through UC's Stadium collecting recycling from receptacles, vendors, and the stands, while simultaneously educating attendees on the importance of recycling and reducing consumption. Bearcat Recycling features a service learning component, as students who are in need of service hours for scholarships are able to volunteer with the Office of Sustainability at each game and learn leadership skills, event management, and the importance of reducing the amount of material that ends up in the landfill.