Mariners win MLB Recycling Award

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It is always nice to be recognized, and Major League Baseball  has named us the American League recycling champions for 2012. The National League winner was the San Francisco Giants. And because the Giants just edge the Mariners for total recycling rate, they were named recipients of the 2012 “Green Glove” Award.

The Mariners recycle or compost around 85% of all waste generated at Safeco Field. Over the course of the season, that means about 5.5 tons of waste is being diverted from landfills. The compostable waste is transformed by Cedar Grove into Safeco Field Soil, which has been a popular fan giveaway the last couple of seasons.

In addition to the Mariners and Giants, other teams singled out for recognition include the “East Division Champion Recyclers” Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, “Central Division Champion Recyclers” Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates, and four “Wild Card” teams the Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs. The Cincinnati Reds were named “Most Improved Team.”

MLB has a long-standing alliance with the Natural Resources Defense Council to help identify and promoted better environmental practices across the sport.

Safeco Field Soil, made from compost collected at the ballpark, has been given to fans after a handful of games the last two seasons.

Safeco Field Soil, made from compost collected at the ballpark, has been given to fans after a handful of games the last two seasons.

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