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Recycling at Pro Bowl 2006

Jack Groh, from the NFL's Environmental Program, pitching in at the event

Each year at football stadiums across the country thousands of football fans gather to tailgate. While the popular ritual results in good food and camaraderie, it also produces tons of waste. At this year's National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, the NFL saw an opportunity to tackle the tailgating waste problem while strengthening the local community. On February 12, the NFL and six partners including us, teamed up to collect more than 8,000 "HI-5" labeled beverage containers in the parking lot areas of Aloha Stadium during Pro Bowl 2006, which generated $400 in revenue for the Boys and Girls Club if Hawaii.

Before the game, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii volunteers distributed recycling bags donated by The Aluminum Association and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, labeled, "Be a Pro, Recycle Before You Go" to vehicles entering the tailgating area. The collected recyclables were then taken to a local "HI-5" redemption facility, with all proceeds donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii.

Image: recycling logo

"While more Americans are recycling at home, conserving our resources shouldn't stop at the front door," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "By protecting the environment through reducing, reusing, and recycling, EPA and our partners are helping transform the throw-away culture into a recycling culture - even while on the go."

In addition to the NFL, Boys and Girls Club, the bag donors, and us, the tailgating recycling event was made possible by the Office of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Hawaii Department of Health, Aloha Stadium, and Ridgeway International.

The Pro Bowl 2006 tailgating recycling event was such a success that the NFL plans on repeating the event at next year's Pro Bowl and several other football teams and community organizations across the nation have expressed an interest in coordinating a similar event

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