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New Composting Initiative Arrives

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Tonight's opening face-off at the Wells Fargo Center will start a new Flyers hockey season with new faces, a new line-up, and a new level of conservation at the 21,000-seat arena.


Waste Management, in partnership with Wells Fargo Center owner, Comcast-Spectacor, and the arena's food services vendor, Aramark, will begin collecting and composting the food waste from the Wells Fargo Center's kitchens.

"Comcast-Spectacor is committed to going green by seeking every opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “We are excited to be working with Waste Management and Aramark on this new initiative that will ultimately help our environment."

"Almost 75 percent of the waste generated by commercial food operations can be composted," said Patty Barthel, spokeswoman for Waste Management. "Food waste composting reduces waste disposal costs, conserves landfill space, and highlights the commitment Comcast-Spectacor and Aramark are making to being green."

Commercial food recycling is a lot like kitchen composting on a larger scale. Aramark's kitchens have been equipped with special containers for food waste. These containers will be emptied into larger food waste containers that Waste Management will empty after each hockey game. Waste Management will transport the food waste to a composting center in Delaware where it will be turned into compost and organic soil products for home, farm and landscaping use.

The food waste that will be composted at the Wells Fargo Center are fruit and vegetables; meat, poultry and seafood; bakery items and ingredients; coffee grounds, filters, tea bags; milk, juices and cartons without plastic spouts; dairy products; paper products; waxed paper and paperboard; and plants and cut flowers.

Items that cannot be composted include plastics, metals, glass, Styrofoam, twist ties, rubber bands, wire, tape, rope, twine and grease and oil.

Comcast-Spectacor's food composting program also will help shrink the carbon footprint of the fans of the Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Soul and spectators attending concerts and other events at the venue.

Waste Management is a seasoned veteran when it comes to helping Philadelphia sports teams and their fans reduce their carbon footprint. The company recently began working with the Pennsylvania Resource Council to recycle the bottles, cans and paper left behind by pregame tailgaters.

Waste Management also supports stadium recycling and Citizens Bank Park in June helped the Phillies conduct their first ever Red Goes Green electronics recycling program.

Waste Management is North America's leading provider of environmental services. Each year Waste Management uses waste to create enough electricity to power more than one million homes and in 2010 recycled 8.5 million tons of paper, plastics, glass and metal.

Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the home for both teams, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.

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