A small, blue-collar support company from Exton has partnered with the Pennsylvania Resources Council in Newtown Square to form a recycling team that specializes in large-venue cleanup. Beginning last season with Eagles’ games before moving on to the NHL Winter Classic in January at Citizens Bank Park, Lot Squad began recycling a significant percentage of the waste tailgaters leave behind in Philadelphia sports-complex lots. The Recycle-A-Lot program begins four hours before game time with the distribution of information and empty green bags to fans. “Our approach is to maximize environmental cleanliness while maximizing recycling and waste diversion of paper, bottles, cans and other recyclable materials,” says Lot Squad founding partner Cecil Moore.
Green credentials: Lot Squad and partners PRC, Alcoa and Waste Management are passionate about “waste diversion” and the benefits of recycling, blanketing parking areas and communicating first-hand with venue attendees while distributing trash bags,biodegradable literature and blue collection barrels to all parking booths in tailgating areas. Bags are collected prior to, during and after events, and recyclable and non-recyclable materials left behind by attendees who don’t participate are also handpicked and separated. Everything is then hauled off-site to a state-of-the-art, single-stream transfer station.
Green innovation: Recycle-A-Lot’s drop-off centers also include options for batteries, propane and other fuel tanks, and miscellaneous recyclable items. Collection teams are dispatched in venue parking areas on foot, in vehicles and with pushcarts to gather and centralize recycled materials.
Bragging rights: Lot Squad recycled more than 35 tons of materials during seven Eagles’ home games and at the Winter Classic. “Being green is more than a trendy fad in this area,” Moore says. “What used to be an alternative concept is now the only concept.”
Green dream: To maximize venue participation and waste diversion throughout the country and the world through partnerships with Lot Squad and Recycle-A-Lot.
To learn more, visit lotsquad.com or call (610) 353-1555.
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