Green All Stars
Starfire Sports Partners with Temp-Line in a Pilot Recycling Program
Starfire Sports is dedicated to providing “world-class, inclusive sports facilities and programs (that will) inspire, encourage and empower youth through participation in sports.” Located on 54 acres in Tukwila, Washington, about 16 miles south of downtown Seattle, with 13 synthetic and natural grass fields, Starfire also serves as training base for the Seattle Sounders FC professional soccer team.
Starfire was an invaluable partner in the research and development of Eco’s revolutionary new “Grass Paint in a Box.” Starfire provided grass fields for Eco to use while perfecting its formulation, and became Eco’s first customer for the product. While appreciating the environmental advantages of the product’s unique and ultra-concentrated packaging, Starfire prefers to buy a version of the product called RTA—Ready to Apply—packaged in conventional 5-gallon plastic pails. However, the company was very willing to participate in a pilot program of recycling those plastic pails.
After applying Temp-Line Grass RTA, Starfire rinses the 5-gallon pails and returns them to Eco’s manufacturing plant in Seattle. Eco then refills the buckets with fresh product and returns them to Starfire. Jeff Fisher, Eco sales rep, estimates that roughly 300 plastic pails have been removed from the waste stream since the pilot began.This program will not initially be applicable to Temp-Line Grass RTA sales outside the Seattle area, but Eco hopes that it may provide a model for other pail recycling efforts.
Seattle Seahawks and Qwest Field Named WA State Recyclers of the Year
In May of 2009, the Seattle Seahawks and Qwest Field & Event Center received the Washington State Recycler of the Year Event Recycling Award. With over 300 events and more than 1.5 million visitors annually, over 1,000 tons of waste are generated each year at the combined facility. Qwest Field and Event Center recycled or reused almost 35 percent of the waste material generated in 2008. Partners in the facility’s recycling efforts include First and Goal, Inc., Aramark Services, Fibres International, Cedar Grove Composting and Waste Management.
Other waste reduction wins: Qwest Field has installed 500 bins on the concourses where fans can recycle bottles, aluminum and certain plastic cups. Carpet left after some exhibition hall events is donated to Habitat for Humanity.
NFL’s Greenest Team
In 2003, Jeffrey and Christina Weiss Lurie, owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, initiated a GO GREEN program that has made them the most environmentally active team in the NFL—if not in all of major league sports. Their efforts to reduce the organization’s impact on the environment should be applauded.