Chiefs host recycling event in effort to help environment - KCTV5

Chiefs host recycling event in effort to be more environmentally friendly

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When it comes to waste, the Chiefs were losing a lot more than just energy and sweat on the field.

Recently the organization learned it was dumping tons of waste into landfills, so it has since taken steps to be more environmentally conscious.

Some would look at Arrowhead Stadium as an energy-draining mass of concrete and steel, but the Chiefs are taking steps to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

The bright lights are LED so they use less energy, special plumbing helps save water with every flush and it's reused on irrigation. Recycling is also a big priority.

Last year, the Chiefs held their first community-wide recycling drive. Nearly 400 cars pulled up to drop off items.

The Chiefs started tracking the efforts more than three years ago. They call the program Extra Yard for the Environment.

Recycling has increased from 11 percent to 50 percent at the stadium. Since then it has diverted 814 tons of waste from landfills by composting food and recycling items left at tailgates and in the stadium.

"We send crews through the stadium after the game, and they pick up all the recycling in the seating bowl, and they come out here and pick up all the compostable materials. We recycle all the recycling cans on the concourses," said Brandon Hamilton, the director of facilities at Arrowhead. "This process, our last two to three years, has been a learning process for the Chiefs, and we think that it's also important for our fans to go through that learning process - learn about the materials that they can recycle, but really about how they can make a difference in the community. It's what's important for the Chiefs is to be responsible corporate citizens."

Saturday the Chiefs are hosting another recycle drive. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Arrowhead Stadium Parking Lot E (enter at Gate 2 off Blue Ridge Cutoff or Gate 5 off Manchester Trafficway/Raytown Road).

Participants will get a $15 coupon for their recyclables to spend at the team store that day. Hot dogs and drinks will be available.

There's also something for the kids as a bounce house will be set up and cheerleaders will be out as well as KC Wolf.

Harvesters will also be on hand to collect food for their food banks.

Please visit http://goarrowhead.com/recycling-drive/ for a full list of vendors and the specific items that they will accept. All recycling, except for a few specific items, is free of charge. If you have many items to recycle with multiple vendors, please pack your vehicles using the specific instructions found on the information website as it will make unpacking quicker and more efficient.

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