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The organizers of Super Bowl LIV at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium have a game plan to get to zero — they want none of the big game’s expected 160,000 pounds of waste to end up in a landfill. Our friends at National Geographic reported this week that the organizers’ plan is that aluminum cups and cans (yep no plastic ones) will go to a recycling center, utensils and napkins to a compost facility, and the rest to a plant where it will be burned for energy.
Why This Matters: There is no bigger stage than the Super Bowl to send a message about reducing our trash “footprint.” And stadiums are the perfect setting to maximize results because people attending have to buy everything they need to consume at the game itself, and most items get thrown away on-site before people leave. Miami is aiming to beat Minnesota — on trash, that is — because at the 2018 Super Bowl hosted in Minnesota, 90% of the trash went to either a composter or to a recycling facility. Minnesota’s other game day play was to station a team of defenders at every trash receptacle to intercept any items headed into the wrong bin. To elevate their game, the Stadium brought in experts from Ocean Conservancy to help them design the plays, and another of our favorite organizations, Food Rescue US, will take leftover food after the game and distribute it to people in need. Touchdown!
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And it is a great opportunity to educate a large group of people about the right way to dispose of their trash. Experts studying the problem found that one of the most effective ways to eliminate confusion and ease recycling (and I, Monica, admit to being confused myself often) is to make it simple by emphasizing “the difference between what consumers drink and eat because beverages generally come in recyclable containers, while food is served in compostables.” Aluminum drink cans and cups will go into one bin with round openings, and food plates, napkins, and utensils will go another bin. Smart.
By Razi Beresin-Scher, ODP Contributing Writer According to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have engineered a new “super enzyme” that breaks down recycled plastic 6-times faster than previously possible, CNN and The New York Times reported. The super-enzyme is designed to break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which […]
The most progressive corporate commitments this week involve nature-based mitigation and pushing sustainability out into their supply chains. Walmart pledged to do some big things, including achieving zero emissions by 2040 without carbon offsets, committing to protect and restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030, and promising zero waste in the US, Canada, and Japan by 2025.
Why This Matters: Nature-based solutions have until now been seen as greenwashing. But these new commitments go much farther.
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