In recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Waste Management (NYSE: WM) today announced that at the Deutsche Bank Championship, 100 percent of tournament waste was diverted away from landfills and into recycling, waste-to-energy and composting facilities. Waste Management was an official tournament sponsor during the event held in Norton, Mass., over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 27 through Sept. 1, 2013.
“One hundred percent diversion at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship is an accomplishment that Waste Management is extremely proud of and truly illustrates the company’s commitment to sustainability,” said David Aardsma, Waste Management chief sales and marketing officer. “This achievement is a team effort, with significant contributions from Waste Management’s New England operations teams in Foxboro, the Tiger Woods Foundation, Pritchard Sports and Entertainment Group and other tournament vendors and sponsors.”
“At the Deutsche Bank Championship, we’re very proud of our efforts to offset our carbon footprint,” Championship Director Mike Antolini said. “We’re very grateful to Waste Management for their partnership in these efforts and are thrilled to have diverted 100 percent of the tournament’s waste away from landfills.”
Waste Management and the tournament’s goal was to control materials brought into the event and educate vendors and patrons about proper disposal of materials to minimize the tournament’s waste generation. Highlights of these efforts include:
- Recycling - Plastics, including HDPE and PET, aluminum, paper, cardboard and glass were sent to WM’s Avon, Mass., Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and strategic recyclers for processing. Construction and demolition (C&D) materials, such as wood and metal from staging and stands, were sent to WM’s C&D processing facility in Raynham, Mass.
- Composting – food scraps from the tournament were sent to local composting facilities where they were mixed with leaf and yard debris and made into a soil amendment purchased by area landscapers.
- Waste-to-Energy - Municipal solid waste was sent to Wheelabrator Technologies’ waste-to-energy plants in Millbury and North Andover, Mass. Wheelabrator is a subsidiary of Waste Management that recovers the energy from waste for use as fuel. This conserves fossil fuels, produces renewable energy, recycles metals and reduces greenhouse gasses.
The recycling and waste-to-energy efforts at the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship conserved the following resources:
- 181,090 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity – Enough to power 15 homes for an entire year
- 1,420 gallons of oil – Enough energy to heat and cool 7 homes for a full year
- 333 gallons of gasoline - Enough gasoline to drive 9,314 miles
- 166 mature trees - Enough to produce 2,060,705 sheets of newspaper
- 97,020 gallons of water - Enough to meet the fresh water needs of 5,174 people for a year
- 109 cubic yards of landfill airspace - Enough to meet the disposal needs of a community of 1,678 people
Recycling, composting and waste-to-energy efforts avoided 166 metric tons (MTCO2E) of greenhouse gas emissions.