A day late after the New York Mets’ Earth Day game was rained out, the team is launching a new series of green initiatives with Citi Field partners.
Much of this isn’t glamorous stuff, though it should be noticed by fans, such as Action Carting Environmental Services recycling receptacles located throughout Citi Field, helping the Mets achieve an equal number of recycling containers to trash bins. Cans, plastic or glass bottles and cardboard will continue to be recycled, while beer cans will no longer be poured into cups, to reduce waste. Finally, grass clippings from the field are also being composted.
Fryer oil is being recycled in all Aramark-managed concession stands, kitchens, clubs and restaurants. The waste oil is converted into biodiesel fuel and then reused in biodiesel-ready field equipment. Alliance Building Services uses green cleaning materials in its efforts to keep Citi Field clean.
The Mets and Aramark are purchasing green products including compostable utensils and post-consumer recycled cups, plates, and napkins.
These new efforts complement the existing programs geared to make Citi Field environmentally friendly. The ballpark was built with recycled concrete and construction vehicles were fueled with ultra-low sulfur diesel. The Mets save more than four million gallons of water per year by using 414 hands-free faucets, 635 automated toilet flush-valves, and 270 waterless urinals. A 11,000-square-foot green roof atop the administration building in right field, white PVC roofs throughout the ballpark, high-mast parking-lot light fixtures, permeable pavers, and an underground well used to irrigate the playing field are other ways the Mets made Citi Field greener.
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