Today is America Recycles Day, which helps brings attention to it's environmental benefits, while encouraging people to participate in recycling.
On game days at Arrowhead Stadium you may have noticed the blue bags, the red Bud Light bins, or a number of other ways that make it easy for fans to recycle. Throughout the season the Chiefs encourage fans to participate in the recycling programs during tailgates, in the stadium and post-game. The Chiefs have taken another step towards promoting environmental responsibility through the Extra Yard for the Environment program.
The initiative has implemented new green policies for the Chiefs, while raising awareness for green efforts at Arrowhead Stadium, The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex, and for fans at home.
Below are a few facts about the benefits of recycling and information on how the Chiefs recycle at Arrowhead Stadium.
- In 2013, the Chiefs diverted 386 tons of recyclable material from landfills or just over 50% of all waste material at Arrowhead.
- Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough electricity to run your TV for 3 hours and recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. So, recycling your beer from one tailgate (12 cans and bottle) will pay for you to watch the rest of the season on your couch.
- In 2012 the Chiefs diverted 322 tons of recyclable materials from landfills. This is equivalent to just over 1,000 cubic yards or over 10 football fields worth of landfill space.
- Once an aluminum can is recycled it can be part of a new can within 6 weeks. This means that you could drink a canned beverage at a Chiefs game in week 1 and it is possible that the same can will be a part of a can that you drink from two more times that season.
- If you put 1,000 aluminum cans in every seat in Arrowhead stadium, you still would not reach the number of cans recycled everyday.
- Each year, Americans throw out enough soda cans bottles to reach to the moon and back—twenty times.
- The number of cans recycled every 30 seconds equals the number of people who could fill all of Arrowhead stadium.
- If you laid all the aluminum cans recycled world-wide in 2010 end to end, they could circle the Earth 169 times.
- In 2012, 41% of beer and soft drink bottles were recovered for recycling, according to the U.S. EPA. Another 34% of wine and liquor bottles and 15% of food and other glass jars were recycled. In total, 34.1% of all glass containers were recycled, equivalent to taking 210,000 cars off the road each year.
- Glass takes 1,000,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill.
- If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
- Nearly 50 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste such as cell phones and computers) is created each year around the world. This is enough to fill a line of garbage trucks halfway across the globe.
- Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted.
- The process of recycling paper instead of making it from new materials generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water.
- Replacing your homes incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs can reduce your annual electricity costs by 75%.