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Denver Broncos Stay Safe During Winter Training Thanks to New Ice-melt Solution

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The football team’s headquarters say goodbye to granular salt deicers and hello to a better alternative.

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The UCHealth Training Center is the corporate headquarters of the Denver Broncos, where the team trains six to seven days a week. (Photos: Gabriel Christus/Denver Broncos Team Photographer)

Brooks Dodson is the Director of Sports Turf & Grounds for The Denver Broncos Football Club and that is no small feat. He is responsible for approximately 26 acres of property at The UCHealth Training Center—the corporate headquarters of the Denver Broncos.

Therefore, when winter rolls around, he is the one responsible for the highly valued football stars’ safety, players who cannot afford any slip-and-fall accidents and sit out the entire season. Add to that mix the amount of media, staff and fans that visit the property and come through the center’s doors—and walkway safety is a must.

“Getting everyone in/out and around the facility safely is our responsibility, and we take that seriously.  We don’t want anyone hurt,” said Dodson.

As a result, every year, Dodson’s facility staff would bring out the calcium chloride—various salt deicers—and apply it with a spreader or a cup to prevent slippery walkways. However, the rock-salt product residue would be dragged indoors, damaging carpets, tiles and concrete in and around the buildings.

“When you are handling or spreading bags of ice melt … you can smell it and if the wind is wrong it’ll get in your mouth and you can taste it. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not putting that type of stuff in my body,” he added.

Dodson decided it was time to seek out a more environmentally friendly product—in the form of a liquid.

He attended the Sports Turf Managers Association tradeshow last winter and found just that in Entry. Entry ice melt is a liquid deicer based on potassium formate, a cleaner alternative to chloride-based salts, derived from formic acid, an organic acid produced locally by BASF Corp. in Geismar, Louisiana. Formate salts are less corrosive and have a lesser impact on surrounding flora, which makes them both more plant and pet friendly. Entry breaks down hydrogen bonds formed when water freezes. As a result, once the product is sprayed, it removes thin layers of ice and snow, and prevents new snow from accumulating or icing. Entry reduces the freezing point of water to approximately minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read the full story here.

CenturyLink Field Among EPA 2017 WasteWise Winners

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the prevention and diversion accomplishments of the 16 WasteWise national award winners, who collectively prevented and recycled over 355,801 tons of waste, saving $17.7 million in avoided landfill fees.

“This is yet another excellent example of the EPA partnering with communities and organizations to achieve environmental and economic benefits through waste prevention and management. The WasteWise award winners have exemplified tremendous environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility, and we commend their efforts,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

For 23 years, EPA’s WasteWise has helped organizations and businesses apply sustainable materials management practices to prevent and reduce municipal and select industrial wastes, saving them resources and money.

WasteWise partners reported preventing and diverting 8.5 million tons of waste that would otherwise have been disposed in landfills or incinerators. These actions—which include waste prevention, recycling, composting and donation—saved participants over $400 million in avoided landfill fees.

CenturyLink Field received Honorable Mention in the Small Business category.

Read the full story and see the full list of winners here.

Filta DrainFoam Earns EPA Safer Choice Label

Filta DrainFoam, the newest service offered by Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions, which helps eliminate costly and hazardous floor drain clogs, has been awarded the EPA’s Safer Choice designation and label.

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The EPA Safer Choice designation means that every chemical, regardless of percentage, has been evaluated through EPA’s scientific process and only the safest ingredients are present. For over 15 years, the program has labeled products that are safer for families, pets, workplaces, neighborhoods, and the environment.

“At Filta, we’re constantly in search of ways to be green and preserve the environment. Every product and service that we offer goes through our own rigorous testing to ensure that we are increasing sustainability while saving our customers time and money. The Safer Choice Label for FiltaDrain further validates our efforts and commitment to provide products and services that are safer for the environment,” said Jason Sayers, CEO for The Filta Group.

DrainFoam is a specially formulated super foam that attacks the source of clogs, destroys drain fly breeding grounds, and naturally eliminates odors. The super concentrated blend of specialty live pro-biotic bacteria, applied weekly by a certified Filta technician, surrounds and eats the bacteria that causes slow running drains. After just a few weeks of service, drains are clean, maintenance free, and smelling fresh!

Key Benefits of Weekly DrainFoam Service

  • Prevents Drain Problems
  • Eradicates Fruit Fly Breeding Grounds
  • Controls Sugar Snakes
  • Prevents clogs and backups
  • Eliminates Odors
  • Reduces Emergency calls

“The DrainFoam service is ideal for any facility with problem drains including sports arenas, hospitals, restaurants, and really anyone with a commercial kitchen. Recently, we worked with a client who spent thousands of dollars a year on jetting drains throughout their campus. Once we began applying DrainFoam, they noticed a difference almost immediately. As a result, we’ve saved them countless dollars and made their previous drain issues a thing of the past,” said Scott Humphreys, National Franchise Field Director at Filta.

About Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions 

Established in the United Kingdom in 1996 and brought to the USA in 2002, Filta is the world’s leader in commercial fryer and cooking oil management services and offers its services through a worldwide franchise network. Filta is dedicated to saving its client’s money, creating a safer working environment, and providing customers with the tools to increase the quality of their product, all while preserving the environment. Filta services over 5,500 customers every week and has recycled over 2/3 of a billion pounds of oil and counting! http://www.gofilta.com

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