Mike McGinn, Mayor
4/17/2012 2:00:00 PM
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Seattle Mariners’ “Kitchen Catcher Day” Promotes Zero Waste
First 10,000 fans receive kitchen compost containers on Earth Day, April 21
SEATTLE — Fans attending Saturday’s baseball game at Safeco Field will get a chance to hit a home run for the environment, thanks to a partnership between Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), BASF, EcoSafe and the Seattle Mariners.
To celebrate Earth Day, the first 10,000 attendees of the April 21 game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox will receive a “kitchen catcher” — featuring a container and compostable bags to collect and carry their household food scraps to their curbside food and yard waste carts. The kitchen catchers will also feature tips on how to compost at home as well as coupons for compostable bags and bags of garden compost.
“The Seattle Mariners and their fans have helped make this city a national composting leader,” said Tim Croll, SPU Solid Waste Director. “In 2011, Seattle diverted more than 125,000 tons of food and yard waste from the landfill through composting.”
Safeco Field has received national recognition for its environmentally-focused facilities operations. Most of the stadium’s food service ware is recyclable or compostable, and Safeco Field recycles or composts more than 80 percent of its generated waste.
“Seattle Public Utilities has been a great partner for the Seattle Mariners in our recycling and composting efforts at Safeco Field. We are excited to help spread our fans’ good composting habits at the ballpark to their homes with the Kitchen Catcher giveaway” said Scott Jenkins, Seattle Mariners Vice President of Ballpark Operations.
Kitchen Catcher Day is part of Sustainable Saturdays, a season-long effort to promote various environmental issues and programs such as recycling and composting, energy conservation and carbon offsets. In partnership with BASF, EcoSafe, Seattle Public Utilities, Puget Sound Starts Here and Cedar Grove Composting, the Seattle Mariners will promote 10 Sustainable Saturdays, beginning April 21, that highlight things fans can do to reduce their impact on the environment at the ballpark and at home.
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In addition to providing a reliable water supply to more than 1.3 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City's infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.