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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

Los Angeles Coliseum “Modernizes” With Zero Waste

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By Marsha W. Johnston

Photos ©Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography, Inc. and courtesy of American Organics

Photos ©Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography, Inc. and courtesy of American Organics

A frequent obstacle to greening sports venues is retrofitting old facilities with what is needed to sustain zero waste initiatives and other environmentally innovative features. But with the nearly 100-year-old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — home to both the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans and the National Football Leagues’s (NFL) Los Angeles Rams — achieving as high as 94 percent waste diversion on some game days in 2016 shows that a venue’s age need not be a deal breaker.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Coliseum) opened in June 1923 as the USC Trojans’ home field. In 1932, it hosted the Summer Olympics. And 90 years later, in 2013, the Coliseum’s management got serious about implementing zero waste practices. “When I got here, we weren’t even really recycling,” recalls Brian Grant, USC’s director of operations at the Coliseum since September 2013, the same year USC took over management of the stadium from the Coliseum Commission comprised of city, county and state officials. “We went live with Zero Waste on September 5, 2015, and went from zero percent diversion to zero waste in two football seasons.” On average, in 2016, the stadium had an 83 percent diversion rate.

The feat got the attention of the PAC-12 Conference, which awarded USC First Place in the Fall 2016 Zero Waste Bowl Challenge that it conducts with the Green Sports Alliance. “It is hugely significant for a couple of reasons,” says Jamie Zaninovich, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Pac-12 Conference, which is holding the nation’s first summit on greening collegiate athletics just prior to the 2017 Green Sports Alliance Summit this month. “One, because they were able to accomplish it despite the logistical challenges of having an NFL and a high-level collegiate team in the same facility. Second, this is an iconic building. It is not a LEED Gold facility built five years ago. We have had success around the conference with older buildings in Boulder and Cal [University of California, Berkeley], which won the Zero Waste Bowl a couple of years ago. But it takes a little bit more elbow grease in those older facilities to make it work.”

USC’s Sustainability Department had been pushing zero waste at the stadium for a few years, explains Halli Bovia, program manager. While it secured a sponsor partnership with Glad Corp. to pilot a successful Zero Waste Tailgate event in 2011, and piloted several zero waste events at the Coliseum, it took the arrival of Grant to launch an all-out assault. Grant, who had started a recycling and composting program for the University of Minnesota’s 50,000-seat stadium, was the “keystone,” Bovia says. “When he came on board, the university really made it a priority,” adding that USC has set a goal of 75 percent waste diversion by 2020 over its three campuses, various centers, and all Coliseum operations.

Read the full story here.

Scott Jenkins of Mercedes-Benz Stadium & Chair of the Green Sports Alliance to speak at Compost2018

Construction & Demolition Recycling
by CDR Staff

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Komptech Americas a supplier of machinery and systems for the mechanical and mechanical-biological treatment of solid waste and for the treatment of biomass as a renewable energy source headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, has committed to become the headline sponsor at the 26th Annual U.S. Composting Council (USCC) Conference and Tradeshow. Komptech was one of the original demonstrators of equipment for USCC’s equipment and demonstration days.

USCC’s Compost2018, titled Game On! Building Sustainable Communities, will be held Jan. 22 to 25, 2018, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. The conference routinely attracts 1,000 attendees and includes four days of workshops, expo, sessions as well as an off-site live demonstration of compost manufacturing equipment. Scott Jenkins of the Atlanta Falcons and Chair of the Green Sports Alliance will be a keynote speaker.

“We support the U.S. Composting Council and its goal to significantly impact the compost industry. With our headline sponsorship, we are solidifying not only our commitment to the council and the conference, but to the entire composting industry,” says Brandon Lapsys, general manager of Komptech Americas.

Learn more here.

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