"The Carolina Panthers and their community partners sacked waste and scored big for recycling. The pilot recycling program for tailgaters, launched at the Carolina Panthers first preseason game and continued through the last Panther home game on January 3rd, exceeded expectations and target goals.
There were three games where close to 50% of tailgating material was recycled instead of going to the landfill. City Services collected over 30 tons (30%) of recyclables throughout the season. The pilot program goals for this first year were to divert 20 tons of recyclables from the landfill (20% of tailgating material).
'We are excited to exceed the goal we set of 20 tons of cans and bottles for this first-year pilot program,' says Scott Paul, Operations Manager for the Carolina Panthers. 'Combined with our stadium recycling program, we exceeded 75 tons of recyclables that we diverted from landfills for the 2009 football season. We look forward to working with our partners to expand this important program for the 2010 football season. A special thank you goes out to all Panther fans for their participation in the program.'
'An unprecedented success, far exceeding our expectations! Thank you to all of you who made this happen' says Jake Wilson, Executive Director of Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful. 'We know we can grow from here.'
Success is attributed to the combined efforts of many partners. Bojangles’ purchased the bright yellow bags for all recyclable bottles and cans. Parking lots operators in Center City distributed the yellow bags to tailgaters as they entered surface parking lots. Before heading into the stadium, lot attendants instructed fans to leave bags at the curb to be picked up by the City of Charlotte’s Special Services team. Carolina Panthers, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful and Charlotte Center City Partners worked to get the word out to fans through the parking lot attendants, media and fan communications."