A good hockey player can get you going one way and then with a little deke, leave you in his dust. Same thing, hockey clubs are doing just that with a shifty move to divert waste from the landfill. Case in point, the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils are diverting materials generated from hockey games. Tons of materials, including cardboard, paper, plastics, glass and aluminum have been diverted, as well as food products.
Earlier this year we reported on the recycling efforts of the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. A key partner in this effort, Rock and Wrap It Up!, was also on hand to be congratulated by EPA for their great efforts helping NHL teams across the country to recycle over 105 tons of prepared but untouched food, keeping that food out of landfills and feeding over 163,000 meals to the hungry across North America.
Nearly 35 million tons of food waste is generated each year in the U.S., which represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills and incinerators. Much of this food "waste" is not waste at all but actually safe, wholesome food that could potentially feed millions of Americans. Food donations redirect these valuable resources to "feed people - not landfills." Food donation is a simple practice, with little or no program start-up cost, that provides needed food to hungry people.During the championship 2010-2011 NHL season, the Boston Bruins recovered and donated 3,796 meals to the Boston Rescue Mission. This equals about 4,935 pounds of food that (more than 2 tons of food that would have been thrown out)
"The Jacobs Family and the Boston Bruins are extremely proud of the work that we have done with Rock and Wrap it Up! and the Boston Rescue Mission," said Bob Sweeney, Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation We would like to thank the EPA for recognizing, not only our efforts, but the efforts of all 30 NHL clubs. Today, on America Recycles Day, we are all reminded of responsibility that we have to our environment and we are proud to be contributing to these efforts."
From October, 2010 to April, 2011, the New Jersey Devils have recovered and donated over 9,550 pounds of food, translating to roughly 7,346 meals. Preventing 9,550 pounds of food from going into landfills translates into preventing emission of 8,818 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent, which over the four seasons the Devils have worked with Rock and Wrap it Up!, is equivalent to nearly a day of greenhouse gases emitted on the New Jersey Turnpike.
Attention to green efforts can result in superior recycling at stadiums. Keep on shifting, Bruins and Devils!