In 2005, the Seattle Mariners recycled 12% of the waste at their home games. By 2012, that figure had increased to 85%. The Mariners’ end game is zero waste. That will require a diversion rate of 90% or more.
In order to get there, the team knew composting food waste would have to be a big part of their program. Ten “Sustainable Saturday” events were held during the 2012 season. At 16 zero waste stations, volunteers helped fans sort their recyclables and compostables into the correct containers. Promotions to increase awareness of and participation in composting programs were part of the plan. During Earth Day weekend 2012, fans were given food composting kits, which included a countertop container from EcoSafe Zero Waste for kitchen scraps. Other promotions included Kids Compost Trivia, sponsored by BASF, in which fans competed for the chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire. In 2012, the Mariners were named the Major League Baseball American League Recycling Champion.
This program continues in 2013, with another 10 Sustainable Saturdays scheduled for fans at Safeco Field. So far in 2013, the Mariners have been awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council Game Changer Award and the NW Energy Coalition Bob Olson Memorial Conservation Eagle Award.
Check out the Mariners’ success story here.
To learn more about what is happening at Major League Baseball parks around the country, check out the MLB Greening Program.