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Philadelphia Union steps up stadium sustainability

Major League Soccer team Philadelphia Union has entered into a multi-year partnership with Recycle Track Systems (RTS) in a move designed to manage waste services at Talen Energy Stadium.

RTS will serve as the exclusive company to manage waste services for the 18,500-seat stadium, with the partnership to initially focus on salvaging the existing football pitch’s soil, which will provide 93 tonnes of reuse for composting or fill for construction projects.

RTS’ LEED-accredited team will also work with the stadium’s staff to support proper education and communication on waste separation and diversion practices. The partnership also incorporates fan engagement, in-stadium signage and proper branding on all waste receptacles.

Additionally, an educational pre-game video will be shown at the stadium to encourage fan participation in recycling during events.

Greg Lettieri, co-founder and chief executive of RTS, said: “We’re excited the Philadelphia Union recognises the need to initiate a recycling plan that will replicate existing green sports stadium waste standards and help mitigate future impacts to the overall environmental footprint.

“This is another terrific example of the continuing work of Philadelphia-area businesses and organisations taking steps to be more sustainable.”

RTS will also manage waste streams at the Union’s indoor practice facility, which is located at the Annex building adjacent to Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union becomes the second MLS team to partner with RTS, joining D.C. United. Other venues RTS manages include Nationals Park, Citi Field and Barclays Center.

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