December 2, 2019 - Plastics News
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Kickstart: The Sustainability Bowl
A growing number of sports stadiums, from colleges to professional leagues, have been signing on with the Green Sports Alliance to promote recycling along with improving energy use and water consumption. Stadiums also contract with commercial composting facilities so that food service products from straws to forks and napkins are properly broken down.
It's not just a question of "greenwashing." In 2014, the Alliance reported that the Seattle Mariners saved an estimed $2.1 million over seven years by reducing landfill fees through recycling and composting. And beyond that, making sure PET bottles end up in the right bin helps feed the recycling stream that the Association for Plastic Recyclers says is needed to keep up with their desire to provide more recycled content in their packaging.
At the high school level, Kim Coombs of Westminster Tool funneled a $500 grant from the American Mold Builders Association, given for the Connecticut company's support of education programs, and donated it to her alma mater, H.H. Ellis High School for its SkillsUSA program.
And for middle schoolers? Maroon Group of Avon, Ohio, is supporting the Chemical Education Foundation's You Be The Chemist Challenge at the Lake Erie Science Center in downtown Cleveland. Qualifying teams of students in grades 5-8 will complete in a quiz bowl format where they collaboratively answer timed short-answer questions. The winning teams advance to the national level competition held in Houston.
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