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Three Ways to Score Savings with Your Waste Program

By Guest Author, Energy Manager Today

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

Credit: Tiffany Daniels/Mortensen Construction, Courtesy of SMG and US Bank Stadium

We’re glued to the NBA finals. Baseball season is in full swing. But, I want to bring us back to an unprecedented win from football season. Amongst the hype, one story continues to impact us long after the final whistle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots: a collaboration to achieve a zero waste game at US Bank Stadium. Rush2Recycle aimed to recover more than 90% of the waste generated during the game and to send the remaining 10% to a waste-to-energy incineration plant.

The project leveraged:

• Three-bin collection systems for trash, recycling and composting
• Compostable service-ware, including cups, trays, straws and utensils
• Ambassadors to guide fans on disposal
• Hand-sorting the waste stream behind-the-scenes to recover what the public missed

When US Bank Stadium, Pepsi Co, Aramark, and the NFL announced the final score, Rush2Recycle had successfully recovered 91% of all gameday garbage. Nearly 63 tons (enough to fill 4,500 bathtubs) of the 69 tons were recycled or donated for reuse (62%) and composted (29%). This high-profile project demonstrated what we can achieve with creativity, cooperation, and a little innovation. If a stadium full of almost 70,000 intensely focused fans of mixed allegiance, hailing from all 50 states can strive for zero waste, so can your business.

And, what better time to start than now?

Whether you’re motivated by committing to sustainability, complying with increasing state and local legislation, or streamlining pickups and saving money, here’s what you need to know in 2018 to score waste savings for your company:

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Going, Going Green: Recycle Track Systems, Washington Nationals Team Up To Reduce Gameday Waste

Press Release

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New York, New York – (June 4, 2018) Recycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS), an environmentally-focused waste and recycling management company, announced today a multi-year partnership with Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, to implement initiatives to reduce stadium waste, generated by the estimated three million annual visitors. The sustainability plan will combine recycling, food-waste composting, educational material and staff training to increase the amount of materials diverted from landfill disposal.

As part of the multi-layered waste reduction program, RTS will leverage their innovative tracking capabilities to effectively measure the stadium’s sustainability practices with the goal to reduce waste stream contamination as well as increase operational efficiencies. This includes technology that ensures recyclables and organics are being properly distributed to the designated facility, as well as data on diversion rates.

“The Nationals have been at the forefront of sustainability as the first MLB stadium to receive LEED certification,” said Greg Lettieri, Co-Founder and CEO of Recycle Track Systems. “RTS is thrilled to collaborate with Nationals Park and champion waste management and recycling solutions which will lead to a greener impact for many years to come.”

As a sponsor of the Nationals, RTS will receive in-park digital and permanent signage, including signage within the Nationals bullpen. Additionally, RTS will receive branding on all waste receptacles and will create an educational pre-game video, encouraging fans to develop better recycling and composting habits.

“We have worked hard from the very beginning to make Nationals Park an environmentally responsible member of the D.C. community,” said Alan H. Gottlieb, Chief Operating Officer, Lerner Sports. “Our collaboration with RTS will enhance the visibility of our sustainability efforts and provide concrete ways for our fans to support these initiatives.”

This is the fourth sports venue RTS has partnered with including Barclays Center, Citi Field and the soon-to-be completed Audi Field, home to D.C. United.

At this year’s Winter Classic, RTS worked with the NHL and Citi Field, where the game was played, to divert from a landfill nearly 18,000 square feet of wood used to construct the hockey rink as well as rolls of un-used synthetic snow. Working with local resources, RTS successfully donated the material to New York Material for the Arts (MAFTA) where it continues to live on in the community.

About Recycle Track Systems
Recycle Track Systems, Inc. is pioneering a better way to manage waste and recycling. RTS combines technology with high-touch service to make waste disposal easier, smarter and more responsible. From on-demand removal to fully integrated waste management solutions, RTS helps companies easily track and optimize their pickups. Using data insight, RTS empowers companies with visibility into their waste habits and tangible figures on their impact to improve their waste and recycling practices. RTS is a certified B-Corporation, reflecting its dedication and commitment to meeting stringent standards of environmental transparency and performance.

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First Plastic Free Sporting Event in Fiji and Potentially the Oceania Region Receives International Recognition

By Anamika Singh, Fijivillage.com

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The first plastic free sporting event in Fiji and potentially the Oceania region has received international recognition for its efforts to reduce waste generated at a sports tournament.

The inaugural Raka 7s Rugby Tournament which attracted 64 men and 16 women’s club teams from the Oceania region in 2017 was recently announced as the Innovator of the Year by the global Green Sports Alliance for its efforts to significantly reduce the amount of single use plastic waste generated at the two day tournament that was held in Suva in November.

The official award presentation for the global Green Sports Alliance awards will take place on 26th June at Mercedes‑Benz Stadium in Atlanta, USA.

The 2018 Raka 7s Rugby Tournament will be held from November 30 to 1 December at the ANZ national stadium in Suva and is earmarked to attract a record number of men and women’s teams from across the Oceania region as well as enhancing its program on waste management.

Read full article here.

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