Major League Baseball (MLB) is joining many other corporations in the effort to go green. The MLB has paired up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the fourth time to implement green initiatives during All-Star Week.
This year's All-Star Week culminates in the traditional All-Star Game, which will be held at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks (D-backs).
MLB says food waste from the stadium will be turned into compost, which can be used as fertilizer to promote plant growth and help increase land and air quality. It is the first time a composting program has been implemented at an MLB All-Star Week. It is estimated that 66 tons of material will be diverted from the landfill through recycling and composting.
The MLB also plans to use in-stadium messaging to inform fans on becoming more environmentally conscious. Furthermore, "All-Star Green Teams" sponsored by Pepsi will collect recyclables from fans during events. Along with the teams, 100 recycling bins will be placed inside Chase Field and will remain there for the rest of the season.
Chase Field has taken green initiatives on its own terms.
"Earlier this season, the D-backs built a solar shade structure that covers more than 17,000 square feet…[it] provides shade over the ballpark's heaviest used entrances while also generating solar power," said the MLB in a statement.