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Philadelphia Eagles Expand Go Green Efforts with Installation of Eco-Safe Digester

The Eagles and Waste Masters Solutions will partner on a sustainable measure to properly and efficiently minimize food waste at Lincoln Financial Field

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To continue the organization’s ongoing efforts of reducing their impact on the environment, the Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they will team up with environmental partner, Waste Masters Solutions, on the installation of a food waste digester and data analytics platform at Lincoln Financial Field. The eco-friendly mechanism is designed to optimize efficiency and properly dispose of food waste during the pre- and post-consumer periods.

Waste Masters Solutions will work closely with BioHiTech Global – a green technology company that develops and deploys innovative and disruptive waste management technologies – on the design, construction and operation of the stadium’s Eco-Safe Digester® and analytics platform.

“Waste Masters Solutions is a global leader in the environmental industry, providing exceptional care and high-quality service for all of our team’s waste-handling needs,” said Jason Miller, Eagles senior vice president of operations. “As an organization that takes our ecological efforts very seriously, we are constantly evaluating and fine-tuning our sustainability model so that we can continue to reduce our overall impact. Thanks to Waste Masters Solutions, I am fully confident that the implementation of this new bio-digester will help make our waste program more efficient.”

In September 2016, a waste digester was installed at the team’s practice facility, the NovaCare Complex, to help decompose pre-consumer food waste. Since the installation, more than nine tons (18,100 pounds) of food waste has been decomposed and, thus, diverted from landfills.

“Actions always speak louder than words,” said Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions President & CEO. “Waste Masters is privileged and honored to partner with such world-class organizations that care so much about our environment.”

Based on the core belief that the path to sustainability is a journey and not a destination, Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie spearheaded the team’sGo Green program in 2003 with the opening of Lincoln Financial Field. What started out with blue recycling bins under each employee’s desk has turned into a comprehensive environmental program that features the elements of green energy production, recycling and composting, energy and water conservation, reforestation and sustainability partnerships. The organization recycles more than 850 tons of material each year and through their energy-from-waste program, virtually 100 percent of waste is diverted from landfills.

For more information on the Eagles’ Go Green program, please visit www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

About Waste Masters Solutions

Waste Masters Solutions is a leading provider of environmental solutions, trash removal, dumpsters, recycling services and equipment in the Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey regions. As a privately owned company with trained professionals on staff and access to a nationwide network of partners, our company is able to offer our clients an assortment of innovative environmental solutions tailored to their unique needs.  Waste Masters Solutions was founded in 2009 by waste management industry veterans Steve Masterson and Brian Simmons.  For more information please visitwww.wastemasters.com.

Contacts:

Anthony Bonagura, Philadelphia Eagles – 609-707-5877abonagura@eagles.nfl.com

Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions – 302-824-0909smasters@wastemasters.com

Sports Venue Owners Nab Sustainability Help from Penn State Research Team

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Professional sports franchises that face challenges when it comes to making their venues more sustainable are getting some help from researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. A large part of the challenge in reducing a venue’s environmental impact is convincing fans to act in environmentally responsible ways, and that can be as simple as changing signage, messaging and containers, according to professor Judd Michael (via Penn State News).

For example, compostable materials tend to be more expensive than their non-compostable counterparts, and sports venue owners don’t want to pay more for those materials if they end up being tossed in the garbage rather than in the correct composting bin. Showing sports fans the correct way to dispose of these compostable materials can go a long way in helping stadiums reach their environmental goals.

A few years ago, Michael began work on a project to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill after Nittany Lion football games at Beaver Stadium and has been successful in diverting 100% of waste from landfill in a portion of the stadium. With what he has learned from this project, Michael is helping other sports venues to become more sustainable, most recently working with the Pocono International Raceway to reach zero waste and other goals on its long-term sustainability plan. “Some people said NASCAR fans wouldn’t buy into recycling, but our surveys proved that fans not only cared but wanted the raceway to be ‘greener,’” Michael says. The Pocono Raceway recently released its first comprehensive sustainability report – written by Michael’s research team – that highlights the track’s progress in solar energy production, waste diversion and water management.

In conjunction with the release of its sustainability report, Pocono Raceway announced that it had increased the amount of special waste receptacles to separate waste from recyclables and compostable materials in select areas of the raceway. The containers will allow fans to properly dispose of items in the venue’s quest for 75% diversion at the raceway. The venue also held a “Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday” on June 9, giving free admission to fans who brought an empty Monster Energy drink can for recycling.

Sports venues old and new are increasingly seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact. Last year, for example, Eco-Products helped the Minnesota Twins’ existing Target Field to divert 300 tons of trash from landfills last year, turning that trash into compost. In addition to composting plates, wrappers, cups, trays and food, last year Target Field recycled 464 tons of glass bottles and aluminum cans.

In April, the Milwaukee Bucks’ new Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center announced that it is being built with an eye to reducing the arena’s footprint, ensuring energy efficiency, and furthering sustainability. The Bucks contracted with Johnson Controls to install smart building solutions that will be managed on a unified, intelligent infrastructure including HVAC, building automation, security, lighting, fire protection and information technology. The Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center is a $524 million project, according to Sports Techie.

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