Seattle Business and Industry Resource Venture's (BIRV) Seattle Mariners/Safeco Field Waste Reduction and Recycling Project
* Awarded: $47,621 in June of 1999, selected via EPA Climate Change grant competition
* Objective: To develop a comprehensive recycling program and extensive set of waste reduction strategies for the 47,000 seat Safeco Field, which opened in July, 1999 as the new home of the Seattle Mariners.
* Approach: The BIRV, a special program of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, works with Seattle Public Utilities and Mariners team officials to plan a comprehensive recycling program and identify practical waste reduction strategies to minimize the generation of waste at the new facility.
- A well-designed public area recycling program is now in place (clearly labeled, color-coded recycling bins, located in all stadium concourses, press areas, luxury suites, and concession areas). In 1999, 22.31 total tons were recycled, with 33.46 tons CO2 greenhouse gases reduced and $3000 in avoided disposal costs. It is estimated that about 44% of the cardboard (OCC) and plastic bottles (PET) generated were recycled.
- A Green Team of managers and employees has been organized and established.
- The Waste Reduction/Recycling Plan has been signed by the Mariners’ Facilities Director.
- A promotional video featuring pitcher Jamie Moyer and the Mariner Moose mascot, promoting the stadium recycling program, was produced and broadcast on the stadium Diamond Vision screen during all September, 1999 home games
- Composting of grass clippings is under way.
- A food waste compactor was purchased, resulting in a marked reduction in volume of food waste generated.
- The Mariners’ purchasing and merchandising offices have established official policies for buying recycled-content products with less packaging wherever possible.
- Some employee education training was conducted; recycling program information is included in all employee training manuals
For additional information on this grant project, please visit the Business and Industry Resource Venture's website at www.resourceventure.org/case_studies.htm