It's getting close to college football bowl season, which means it's an opportunity to celebrate zero (zero waste that is).
A growing number of sports stadiums, from colleges to professional leagues, have been signing on with the Green Sports Alliance to promote recycling along with improving energy use and water consumption. Stadiums also contract with commercial composting facilities so that food service products from straws to forks and napkins are properly broken down.
It's not just a question of "greenwashing." In 2014, the Alliance reported that the Seattle Mariners saved an estimed $2.1 million over seven years by reducing landfill fees through recycling and composting. And beyond that, making sure PET bottles end up in the right bin helps feed the recycling stream that the Association for Plastic Recyclers says is needed to keep up with their desire to provide more recycled content in their packaging.