From Jan. 1, 2008, when the program was first introduced, to Sept. 23, 2008, more than 238 metric tons of waste was removed from Scotiabank Place, with 15.76 MT (six per cent) consisting of tin, glass, paper and plastic. The organization plans to divert more than 50 per cent of all waste to recycling within five years.
Currently, all paper products such as hand towels and toilet paper being used in the venue are 100 per cent recycled fibre, with up to 80 per cent comprised of postconsumer materials. Additionally, many certified green products are currently being used at Scotiabank Place, including floor wax, toilet cleaner, floor soap, glass cleaner, degreaser and biodegradable garbage bags. Throughout Scotiabank Place in highly visible in-arena locations, over 100 gray Waste Management recycling bins for cans and bottles as well as receptacles for Score magazines are located for fans to help the recycling effort.
The Senators and Scotiabank Place also continue to participate in the following provincial energy programs that provide financial incentives for using less energy:
1) Load reduction: Reduce energy usage during off or non-peak hours
2) Optimize systems performance: Upgrades to newer more efficient equipment
3) Optimize operation:– More efficient use of equipment.
“As a socially responsible leader of the community, we feel that the Think Green. Go Red. campaign has made great strides since its introduction in January,” said Cyril Leeder, chief operating officer of the Senators and Scotiabank Place. “We continue to make our recycling and conservation efforts a priority of the Senators organization and are on target to reach our five-year goal of diverting more than 50 per cent of waste products to recycling.”
With the environment in mind, the Senators have a few suggestions for fans that will help them Think Green. Go Red. when they are coming to games and events at Scotiabank Place. Fans are asked to be eco-friendly by following one or more of the steps below:
- Take public transportation.
- Car pool with family, friends and colleagues.
- Recycle at the game: bottles, cans and Score magazine.
- Turn off your lights at home before you leave for the game.
- Adjust your thermostat when you are not at home.
To help encourage fans to Think Green. Go Red., the Senators are introducing the Score One for the Environment Trivia Challenge, which will take place exclusively on www.ottawasenators.com. One lucky entrant will be randomly selected to receive a Sens prize pack, including four tickets to an upcoming home game. The deadline to enter the challenge draw is Sunday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m..