SEATTLE (April 18, 1:40 p.m. ET) — The Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field ballpark are giving away 10,000 kitchen compost kits this weekend during the launch of its “Sustainable Saturdays.”
The Mariners and BASF Corp. will be giving out the “Kitchen Catcher” compost kit, which also includes five Ecosafe compostable bags, according to a news release.
“When we realized that the bulk of what we were sending to the landfill was organic matter, the answer was obvious: Turn it back into topsoil,” Scott Jenkins, vice president of ballpark operations for the Seattle Mariners. “Our zero-waste program has gone from batting .120 just five years ago to .810 today.”
There will be a total of 10 “Sustainable Saturday” games, where kids also will be asked to test their knowledge of sustainability at Safeco Field and the Seattle area. One winning fan will receive a Kindle Fire.
Safeco Field, with an 81 percent recycling rate, is one of the most environmentally progressive ballparks in baseball. Since 2006, the ballpark has had a 45 percent reduction in natural gas usage, 30 percent reduction in electricity usage and a 25 percent reduction in water usage.