Successful Recycling Program for Tailgaters Returns

August 7, 2014 10:26 am

What:

Tailgate Recycling Program Returns for 2014-15 Football Season

Where:

Center City Charlotte (Uptown and South End

Partners:

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Bojangles’, City of Charlotte Solid Waste, Bank of America, Charlotte Center City Partners, Hands On Charlotte and the Carolina Panthers.

Center City Parking Lot Operators:

Behringer Harvard, Carolina Panthers, E-Z Parking, Preferred Parking, Spectrum Properties, Standard Parking and West Parking

When:

2014-15 Carolina Panthers Home Games. Launches August 8th, 2014 with preseason game against the Buffalo Bills

The Panther Tailgate Recycling program is back for the 2014-15 season and will operate in the same way as it did last year. Tailgaters will receive a specifically marked recycling bag as they enter their chosen parking lot. As fans enjoy their pre-game tailgate parties, they are asked to recycle clean cardboard, bottles and cans. Before heading into the stadium, tailgaters are instructed to leave the recycling bags (and collapsed cardboard if not in the bag) at the curb to be picked up by the City of Charlotte’s Solid Waste teams.

Program partners hope to increase awareness and participation by increasing communication and education efforts. Parking lot operators are bolstering their in-house communication with game day operators in an effort to get more bags out to tailgaters. Volunteers are currently being recruited to assist parking lot operators in distributing extra bags and sharing information with fans about what to recycle and how to assist City crews with collection.

“Our fan awareness continues to grow. We are really excited to build on our success from previous seasons’ recycling efforts. The partnership remains dedicated to diverting waste from our landfills,” says Scott Paul, Operations Manager for the Carolina Panthers. “We will continue to focus on educating our fans about the processes we have in place in order to exceed our goals for the 2014 season. Thank you to Bojangles, Charlotte Center City Partners, Bank of America, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful, Charlotte Solid Waste, Hands on Charlotte, and especially our fans for this important endeavor.”

Overall, according to Charlotte’s Solid Waste Services Department, tailgating generates close to 10 tons of waste on most game days. “It’s hard to believe that this program is now in its sixth year and to date the tailgaters have recycled a total of 153 tons. That’s a tremendous impact on our environment,” says Jake Wilson, Executive Director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. ”Also, I would just like to thank the fans and sponsors that embrace this program and make it happen. Playoffs again this year!!”

Previous Results

Since the program began, Panthers fans have recycled 153 tons of materials – that’s enough to nearly fill Bank of America Stadium.

2009

  • 30.22 tons
  • 31.17 % diversion rate

2010

  • 23.4 tons
  • 28.97 % diversion rate

2011

  • 31.31 tons
  • 30.77% diversion rate

2012

  • 30.98 tons
  • 39.13% diversion rate

2013

  • 36.73 tons
  • 34 % diversion rate

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