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Kansas City Chiefs “Go Nuts” Over a Compostable Peanut Bag

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Aramark, Kansas City Chiefs, BASF, Hampton Farms

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First-of-its-kind environmentally friendly packaging for peanuts debuts at Arrowhead Stadium

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Arrowhead Stadium vendors will begin selling compostable peanut bags to fans in the Chiefs Kingdom on Nov 26.

KANSAS CITY, MO, and PHILADELPHIA, PA, November 14, 2017 – Football season is in full swing and the Kansas City Chiefs are going the extra yard by scoring a major victory for the environment. Thanks to a collaboration between BASF, Aramark and Hampton Farms, Arrowhead Stadium will become the first-ever professional sports venue to sell a pre-packed compostable peanut bag.

The compostable peanut bag is part of the Chiefs’ environmental initiative, “Extra Yard for the Environment,” which is designed to devise and implement new green policies for the Chiefs, while also raising awareness for sustainability efforts at Arrowhead Stadium. Debuting at the November 26th game, the compostable peanut bag will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending, with the goal of expanding to other areas of Arrowhead Stadium following the pilot phase.
Why the need for a compostable peanut bag?

Snack food packaging comes in many different forms. With more than 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in concessions at Arrowhead Stadium each year, the Chiefs approached Aramark, the team’s general concessionaire, about finding ways to further advance the “Extra Yard for the Environment” program and Arrowhead’s waste-diversion methods.

When it comes to selling peanuts, Aramark’s roots run deep. The company’s founder began selling peanuts out of his car in 1932, laying the foundation for what would eventually become snack vending. Aramark now sells more than 1.1 million bags of peanuts annually at sporting events and, once again, is playing a role in transforming how peanuts are sold.

“With peanuts being among the best-selling snack foods at sports events, the introduction of this compostable peanut bag is a potential game-changer,” said Carl Mittleman, President of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “As the Chiefs partner and a food and beverage services industry leader, we’re proud to be at the forefront of driving innovative solutions that decrease our environmental impact and enhance the game day experience.”

 

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From 2 Bins to 3: Composting at the World Rowing Championships

By UF, IFAS Blog

UF/IFAS agent Randall Penn and UF student volunteer Sophia Sanchez

UF/IFAS agent Randall Penn and UF student volunteer Sophia Sanchez

The last week of September was an important one for Sarasota Florida. It marked the first time the area was hosting a major sporting event, the World Rowing Championships. Over 40,000 were in attendance at the week long event, offering their support to the 900 athletes representing 70 counties.

UF/IFAS Extension played an important role in the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Extension staff and volunteers assisted in collecting food waste in the official UF composting collection bins placed around the venue. The project involved a team of composting volunteers assisting with the collection, separation of recycling and trash from the compost bins.  Focusing on the athlete, food carts and general public areas, the UF/IFAS composting team collected nearly 600 pounds of food waste at the event.

The food waste collected is processed in mulch-lined composting bins, specially constructed in the park’s maintenance area. The unique aspect of the composting project is that the food waste is collected and processed onsite, reducing unnecessary environmental impacts. Additionally, composted material resulting from the project will be reused within the park.  The food waste collection and diversion program is the first of its kind for organized rowing events.

This marked the third rowing event UF/IFAS has provided compost collection in 2017 (Florida State Youth Rowing Championships, US Rowing Nationals, and World Rowing Championships). Collectively, the 3 events have diverted over 1,000 pounds of food waste. The UF/IFAS waste reduction effort is part of a collaborative partnership between Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and Solid Waste departments, Suncoast Aquatic and Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA), and Nathan Benderson Park.

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Notre Dame Going Even Greener at Football Tailgates

Inside Tailgating
By Carroll Walton

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And by greener, we don’t mean the accent color to go along with Notre Dame’s traditional metallic gold and blue. We are talking about the environmentally-friendly practices the University of Notre Dame is implementing at its college football games this fall in a continued effort to be responsible with waste, and we here at Inside Tailgating like the sound of it.

College campuses, in many ways, are on the forefront of recycling efforts. The halls of my dorms at Duke University back in the early 1990s were where I first started the practice of recycling cans. Before that the only recycling we saw much of was at school newspaper drives and bottle-cap collections. We have come a long way! This latest report posted on the Notre Dame athletic site just underscores the kind of impact colleges can have by encouraging environmentally-friendly practices when they set the tone on football Saturdays.

Some of the highlights from what Notre Dame is doing include their efforts to replace seating in the lower bowl of Notre Dame Stadium with recycled or repurposed materials, using LED lighting to reduce power consumption by 60 percent, and the hands-on efforts by student groups to help tailgaters recycle. Notre Dame started its Game Day Recycling Program in 2008, but the school has expanded it this year to include handing out recycling and trash bags to every car entering tailgate lots, employing recycling push-carts in the lots for some hands-on help with the process, and sending out attendants into the lots to help educate fans on how and what they can recycle. Kudos to the Irish!

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