ZERO WASTE. Transitioning to Zero Waste Hockey: A Student Run Pilot. Presented by Megan Marshall Zero Waste Coordinator. Presentation Outline. Define Zero Waste Why are football & hockey different animals? The need for something new The start of our program The game process
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ZERO WASTE Transitioning to Zero Waste Hockey: A Student Run Pilot Presented by Megan Marshall Zero Waste Coordinator
Presentation Outline • Define Zero Waste • Why are football & hockey different animals? • The need for something new • The start of our program • The game process • Hurdles we encountered • Our results • Plan for the season • Our toolkit
Zero Waste • Zero Waste: defined as diverting 90% of waste either to recycling or composting facilities, with a maximum of 10% going to the landfill, strives to promote: • waste minimization • reduced consumption • recycling and composting • Sustainability and athletics are a natural fitdue to its • Competitive nature • Reach wide variety of people • Raise awareness • Shows what sustainability can be
Why College football & College Hockey are completely Different animals Collegiate Football Collegiate Hockey Home Games: 6 Stadium Capacity: 25,000-115,109 seats Games in a Weekend: 1 Game Total Playtime: 11 minutes Home Games: 23 Stadium Capacity: 750-17,200seats Games in a Weekend: 1-2 Game Total Playtime: 60 minutes
The Need for something new Magness Arena Our Goal Provide a model that is transferrable to any indoor arena sport basketball, volleyball, swimming, etc. Hockey game capacity: 6,315 people Multi-event arena 23 hockey games last year Produces the largest amount of waste on campus Access to the largest array of people in one setting
Where we started & how it went • Program Goals • 1. To learn about the existing systems • 2. To implement incremental changes to divert more waste from the landfill • Planning • Volunteer recruitment • Engaging stakeholders • Defining the area • Capture the waste from the concourse • Realizing how little we knew/know • It is a constant learning experience
Gaps in Beginning our Program • Bin Placement • Too many stations • High contamination rates • Products • Inconsistent • Landfill items • Education & Fan Engagement • Engagement with Select Stakeholders • Telling Our Story
Game Day Process 1 hr Pre-Game Game Start 1 hr Post 2 hr Post 2 hrs Pre-Game After Game Train Concessions Check Products & BOH Train Bowl Pick Check Bin Parity Weigh back of house & Club level throughout game Weigh BOH, Club, Concourse, BP Train volunteers place at stations Check on volunteers Collect shirts/feedback Check-in give T-shirts Sodexo Custodial Volunteers
Hurdle: High contamination rate • CHALLENGE: Stand-alone bins & high number of bins • In the concourse created contaminated bins • Difficult to man • Confused fans • SOLUTION: • Reduced # of bins accessible to fans in the concourse • Outlawed stand-alone bins for 2013-2014 season • Added bin caddies to condiment carts • Instituted color coded signage and bag liners • Increased goalie participation
Hurdles: Product Inconsistency • CHALLENGE: • 11 different cups used for beverages alone • Too many landfill items • Each game it was a surprise • SOLUTION: • Hide bad products (Shhhh) • Ran low on stock purchased sustainable items • Created purchasing guidelines • Collaborated with main campus to use some of the products
Plan for the Year • 75% diversion rate for the hockey season • Include bowl pick and back of house waste in measurements • Train all stakeholder staff of zero waste operations and best practices • Product consistency & alignment • Improve waste flow to increase the overall diversion rate.
Tool Kit: Waste Disposal Plan • Create complete bin parity in zero waste zone • Consistent/color-coded labeling & color-coded bags • Clearly outlined collection for each arena of the arena • Create a map finalizing bin placement, concession stand placement, etc.
Tool kit: Disposable Product Purchasing guidelines • Work with food service provider to streamline products to create a more consistent disposal method • Clearly recycling (Blue) • Recyclable concession drink cups & franchise clear cups • Compost: Food & Fiber (Green) • Food products, ware, paper/wood products, and hot cups
Tool Kit: Comprehensive & training • Make sure all stakeholders are trained and aware of zero waste operations • Ushers • Athletics • Food Service • Custodial • Bowl Pick Staff • Volunteers • Create training materials • Back of house signage • Volunteer training boards
Tool Kit: Share data • Breakdown the data into a format that fits the needs of the stakeholders by producing a game day report • Volunteer measurement • # of volunteers • # of returning volunteers • Volunteer satisfaction/feedback • Stakeholder feedback • Waste data • Breakdown by collection location/location type • Contamination rates if possible • Calculate a diversion rate broken down into waste streams • Chart your data • Write a narrative after each game
Tool Kit: SET zero waste goals, Action Items, & Deadlines • Set a season diversion rate goal • Interterm goals • Set a goal for volunteer recruitment • Season budget/funding • Create a responsibilities table for all stakeholders to be accountable • Chart action items into a timeline
Questions? Megan Marshall Zero Waste Manager Center for Sustainability 303.717.3957 Megan.email@example.com