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Subaru Park first zero-landfill stadium in MLS

May 11, 2021  - By
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Subaru of America and the Philadelphia Union initiate zero-landfill practices at Subaru Park, to make the home of the Union the first zero-landfill stadium in MLS. (Photo: Subaru)

Subaru of America, in partnership with the Philadelphia Union, will bring its established zero-landfill knowledge to Subaru Park, home of the Union, making it the first zero-landfill stadium in MLS.

“The partnership between the Union and Subaru of America was founded on the vision and desire to create a better future for our fans and surrounding community,” said Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union president. “In the year since our partnership was announced, we’ve made great strides in reaching our ambitions through initiatives that support pet adoption and helping food insecure populations. As a club known for innovation and a community-first mindset, our mission to achieve zero-landfill status is a milestone in our relationship with Subaru and the history of our organization.”

While sports stadiums across the country generate massive amounts of trash that go into landfills, through the partnership with Subaru and the Union, Subaru Park aims to become the first MLS zero-landfill stadium where no trash is sent to a landfill. This initiative ladders up to the core commitment of Subaru and Philadelphia Union to use their partnership to beautify and enhance the greater Philadelphia community through pillars of the Subaru Love Promise.

“At Subaru, we’ve spent years perfecting our zero-landfill philosophy and helping organizations reduce their environmental footprint. We’ve learned a lot, and we’re thrilled to bring our knowledge to Subaru Park and the greater Philadelphia area,” said Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing for Subaru of America. “With the goal of becoming the first zero-landfill stadium in MLS, we hope our work with the Philadelphia Union will set the standard for environmental best practices at professional sports stadiums nationwide.”

Subaru Park recycled more than 40,000 pounds or 20.41 tons of cardboard alone in 2019. With the new zero-landfill process in place, Subaru Park will divert an estimated 357,480 pounds of waste from local landfills in an average year, an amount equivalent to:

  • A Philadelphia cheesesteak that’s 19 miles high and 50 miles wide
  • The weight of 357,480 soccer balls
  • The height of 20 Mount Everests-worth of stacked aluminum cans

To achieve this goal, Subaru Park will deploy 111 Max-R Containers throughout various locations in Subaru Park. These new, modern front-of-house three-stream waste containers will help patrons properly dispose of their waste from any event at Subaru Park. To ensure that the containers are being used properly, Subaru will provide ambassadors to help educate fans with waste disposal and share Subaru Zero-Landfill project best practices. Once the waste is collected in the Max-R containers, the Union will be assisted in the waste removal process with the help of SpectraRecycle Track Systems, and Covanta Environmental Solutions.

Spectra has been instrumental in helping set up Subaru Park to be successful, putting new containers in place, educating their staff and ensuring that all the material that can be recycled is separated and sent to be processed. The small amount of waste that can’t be recycled, such as restroom paper towels, utensils, and other items, will be hauled by Recycle Track systems and sent to Covanta Environmental Solutions where the material will be used to generate steam that will turn the turbines to produce electricity for the Philadelphia area.

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