“Waste Management is clearly committed to reducing the environmental impact of waste, and has taken that mission a step further by extending it to a major sporting event,” said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. “We recognize the hard work involved in eliminating landfill waste from a marquee sporting event like the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. By achieving UL Environment’s Zero Waste to Landfill claim validation, Waste Management continues to motivate the public to understand and care about how such events can impact the environment.”The Zero Waste Challenge, an initiative aimed at controlling materials brought into the event and educating vendors and patrons about proper disposal of materials, produced significant results at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Waste Management (WM) strives to minimize the tournament’s waste generation making the tournament the “Greenest Show on Grass.” Highlights of these efforts include:
- RecyclingPlastics, including HDPE and PET, aluminum, paper, cardboard, glass, and metal were sent to WM’s Arizona Community Ecocenter Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and strategic recyclers for processing.
- CompostingFood, napkins, plates and paper cups used during the tournament were sent to the Maricopa Organics Recycling Facility to process the materials into compost. The facility is a collaboration between WM and Garick, a strategic venture in which WM has a majority ownership interest. Wood from the event was also sent to the facility to be turned into compost.
- Waste-to-EnergyScrim and carpet were sent to a company that recovers the energy and mineral components from waste for use as fuel, and for product additives used in manufacturing processes. This conserves fossil fuels and natural mineral resources and diverts the materials from landfills.
- Donation/ReuseThe approximately 140,000 used golf balls filling the WM water feature on the 18 th hole lake were donated to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. The WM water feature on the 15 th hole lake incorporated 750,000 golf tees made from 100-percent recycled content. These tees were maintained and will be reused at the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
- 536 mature trees
- 526 cubic yards of landfill airspace
- 420,900 kilowatt-hours of electricity
- 300,300 gallons of water
Waste Management’s sustainability services team continually looks for ways to advance the sustainable efforts of the company’s premiere PGA TOUR tournament sponsorship. These professionals help hundreds of Waste Management clients across the United States and Canada realize their environmental goals by recommending business practices that reduce waste, save energy and provide a “next life” for resources they no longer need.A case study video on the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open is posted on Waste Management’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/a6GG33SkIHc and Waste Management’s Think Green website at http://www.thinkgreen.com/driving-toward-a-zero-waste-world. Detailed sustainability reporting will be released this fall in the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open Sustainability Report at www.thinkgreen.com. ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are the largest residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com.