Zero waste on big stages

NFL, PGA events encourage recycling

The Rush2Recycle project encourages fans to limit waste at the stadium and at home.


The Rush2Recycle project encourages fans to limit waste at the stadium and at home.

Laney Rendon, News Editor

Super Bowl Sunday was super, but not just for the football game.

The NFL, PepsiCo, Aramark and U.S. Bank Stadium partners came together to build the first Super Bowl zero waste project at one of the nation’s premier events.

“We’re working to recover more than 90 percent – more than 40 tons – of stadium waste by recycling bottles and cans, composting organic materials like food waste and service ware, and repurposing items through local community organizations,” the Rush2Recycle website said. 

Filled with tips and categorized bins to ensure fans separated compost and recyclables from actual trash, the stadium encouraged fans to reduce waste during the big game. Rush2Recycle website offered tips for recycling during Super Bowl parties at home.

With the hashtag, #rush2recycle, people can upload videos of recycling, and the best ones will be picked to put on

However, football wasn’t the only sport emphasizing zero waste this weekend. The Professional Golfers Association tournament from Jan. 29 – Feb. 4 earned a zero waste status from UL, a global company that marks products and projects with their approval.

“For the second consecutive year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has diverted 100 percent of waste away from landfills amid this year’s record attendance of 563,008 fans,” the  WM Phoenix Open website said. 

The Zero Waste Challenge promotes reuse and ensures all waste generated at this event was correctly recycled, composted or used in waste-to-energy facilities. Also, vendors only used products that could be recycled or composted.

Both events, the Super Bowl and the PGA tournament, encouraged viewers, whether watching from a short distance or from their living rooms, to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Sunday wasn’t just about the Philadelphia Eagles and golfer Gary Woodland winning, it was about the earth and what a small effort from everyone can do to better its current state.