04/17/2009 3:52 PM ET
Seattle Mariners and Cedar Grove Composting team up for Zero Waste Game on Earth Day
Volunteers will collect compostable and recyclable materials after the game to reduce waste stream
The Seattle Mariners are joining with Cedar Grove Composting to stage Major League Baseball's first Zero Waste game on Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day. Ciscoe Morris, Master Gardener and "composter extraordinaire" will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tickets for the game on April 22 are available at a special discount of $8 for View Reserved (normally $20) and $25 for Field level seats (normally $40). To take advantage of the special price, fans can log onto www.mariners.com/earthday. Game time on April 22, when the Mariners take on the Tampa Bay Rays, is 7:10pm.
Zero Waste is a policy in which the amount of garbage going into the waste stream is reduced to an absolute minimum. The City of Seattle adopted a Zero Waste policy in 2007, the main component of which, enhanced recycling for all homes and businesses in the city limits, took effect on March 30.
To achieve a Zero Waste Earth Day game, almost all food service items will be made of compostable materials, supplied by Cedar Grove Composting. Items include plates, bowls, forks, spoons and knives, all cups except wax coated soda cups, hot dog boats, and other carryout items, napkins, even straws. Compostable items will carry the Cedar Grove logo and will be marked with a brown stripe or will be colored brown to signify that they are compostable.
After the game, a team of volunteers will scour the ballpark seating areas to collect any recyclable and compostable items that are left behind, such as food waste, food contaminated paper and compostable service items. They will also separate out plastic, which has been done after each game for the last several years. Fans will be encouraged to participate in the effort during and after the game by depositing recyclable and compostable items in staffed collection bins located throughout the ballpark.
Lucky Row Giveaway
Lucky fans seated in a row that will be chosen at random during the game will receive a sapling tree and a reusable bag from Disneynature in honor of the Earth Day opening of their new film EARTH.
Mariners are a Green Team
Last year, the Mariners staged MLB's first Carbon Neutral game for Earth Day by offsetting the estimated 230 short tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution that was generated staging the game. However, the Mariners commitment to sustainable operations extends beyond Earth Day activities. Here are highlights of the team's efforts to "Go Green":
- In 2008, the Mariners recycled 396 tons of plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, cans and glass.
- The Mariners have been recycling food waste since 2007, one of the first Major League teams to do that. In the last two years, 168 tons of food scraps and food-contaminated paper have been diverted from the waste stream and sent to Cedar Grove for composting.
- All plastic cups used this season in the ballpark are made of a compostable material and items such as napkins, hot dog boats and carryout trays are compostable.
- Through an energy efficiency program, the Mariners reduced the use of natural gas by 36% and electricity consumption by 18% in 2007, and by 32% and 13% in 2008, for savings of over $500,000.
- Diesel-powered motorized groundskeeping equipment runs on B-20 biodiesel.
- Flow-restricting aerators have been installed on all restroom faucets.
- There is an expanded line of organic men's and women's T-shirts, caps, and a tote bag at Seattle Mariners Team Stores, with plans for additional products made from organic and sustainable products.
- When plastic bowls, plates and utensils are used, they contain less plastic by volume, which will reduce waste by 18,000 pounds per season.
- Paper products in all bathrooms (paper towels, tissues and toilet paper) are elemental chlorine free and made from 40% post-consumer fiber.
MLB Goes Green
The Mariners and all 30 Major League teams are supported in these sustainability efforts by Major League Baseball's Team Greening Program. Spearheaded by MLB Commissioner Alan H. "Bud" Selig, in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the program is a web-based guide designed to help each team reduce its environmental impact. Advice is offered in such areas as front office operations, ballpark operations and maintenance, team and fan transportation, energy use, paper use, concessions operations, green-events planning, recycling and waste management.
About Cedar Grove Composting
Cedar Grove Composting is part of a family-owned 400-employee enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest's leading organic recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of Healthy Soils with a loyal following, such that Cedar Grove Composting has grown to become one of the largest yard waste composting facilities in the United States. For more information about Cedar Grove Composting go to: www.cgcompost.com.