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by Erin Pollina / Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres are talking trash and they are encouraging fans to do the same.

Continuing their environmental initiatives that began in March of last season, the team is extending their recycling program to the public this year by placing more than 100 receptacles in HSBC Arena during games and special events.

“We have a recycling bin at almost every location where there is a trash can,” Director of Arena Operations Stan Makowski said. “Hopefully when people dispose of their plastic bottles and cans, they see the containers and take advantage of it.”

More than 270,000 plastic bottles were sold at HSBC Arena during the team’s 41 home games last season for beer, water and soft drinks.

“Ultimately we would like to recycle all of those,” Makowski said.

To promote awareness the Sabres are producing commercial spots that will run during games on the HD Video Board as well as the broadcasts beginning in November.

The players and coaching staff are also getting involved, with Green Team spokesperson Paul Gaustad spearheading the placement of receptacles in the locker room.

“We think that as people become more aware of what we are trying to do, they will participate,” Makowski said. “Even just over the past few games we have seen an increase in the amount of materials recycled. It hasn’t been exactly where we want, but we are getting there.”

The arena’s concessions provider, Sportservice, is also continuing to enforce it’s recycling policy during games and the front office at the Buffalo Sabres has received recycling bins as well. 

Makowski estimates that the organization spent around $30,000 on the containers alone. That price does not include the fees incurred for having the materials removed from the building.

“This is definitely an expense for the arena, but something that we think is important to do,” Makowski said. “And we will continue looking for ways to improve it.”

For more information on how to recycle at home go  to To become a Green Team member click here for other ways to become environmentally friendly.
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