The earth’s resources are not infinite, so reducing consumption is essential. We can turn the large amounts of trash generated at sporting events into opportunities through sustainable recovery programs. Let’s master the famous three R’s of responsible waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle!
The consumption of foods and beverages at sporting events creates tons of garbage. Waste management is one of the main challenges when thousands of people come together in one place. Recycling is about turning waste into new items. It is an alternative to conventional landfill management because it prevents useful materials from being discarded, reduces the consumption of new raw materials and reduces pollution.
The United States achieved a huge challenge in the 2018 Super Bowl, when it prevented more than 90% of the stadium’s waste from reaching landfills! They collected 63 tons of garbage that they used for recycling, donations and compost. Also, the Philadelphia Eagles report that their stadium produces 850 tons of garbage per year, and they have recycled 99% of that waste!
It is a source of great pride that the BBVA Bancomer Stadium of Rayados de Monterrey has been designed and built with the highest standards in harmony with nature. Its responsible use of materials, water, and energy sets the standard in terms of environmental sustainability.
The Monterrey Rayados Soccer Club has the first soccer venue on the continent with LEED Silver certification for its energy efficiency and low water consumption.
And it recycles over 225,000 plastic bottles a year! It is also in charge of restoring and maintaining the Río La Silla Ecological Park, generating 13 kilometers of natural lungs for the region.
The Rayados stadium was designed to plant around two thousand trees that create a large amount of oxygen and retain 52% of the rainfall to return the water to the atmosphere through evo-transpiration. Thanks to its mission to favor environmental harmony, the stadium has an optimal water supply without the need to extract water from the aquifers.
We want all stadiums to join the fight against climate change, undertaking strategies to reduce our carbon footprint. From recycling waste and replacing lighting systems with better-performing LED lights to reusing rainwater to water the fields, there are amazing initiatives worldwide to be more sustainable.
All fans can contribute to the fight against climate change by being aware of reducing, reusing and recycling. For example, reuse the glass of your first beverage as many times as possible. Put your plastic waste in the recycling bins.
Help raise awareness among your family and friends, avoid the use of disposable cups at home. Request that your stadium implements sustainability initiatives, and that there are enough properly identified containers to facilitate the separation of recyclable waste.