Philadelphia Union Soccer Team Recycles Turf as Start of New Waste Strategy

Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer (MLS) team, is laying down turf for a brand new field; during the project, they will be salvaging the existing turf, providing 93 tons of reuse for composting or fill for construction projects. The effort is the first in a new multi-year partnership with Recycle Track Systems Inc. (RTS), the company that will manage waste services for the 18,500-seat stadium.

The first step in the project will be for a LEED-accredited team from RTS to work with the staff of Talen Energy Stadium to educate them on waste separation and diversion practices. The project will also include engaging fans in engagement with in-stadium signage, branding on waste receptacles, and an educational pre-frame video to encourage fan participation in recycling.

As part of the overall sustainability plan, RTS will also manage the waste streams at Philadelphia Union’s state-of-the-art indoor practice facility housed in the historic Annex building next to Talen Energy Stadium.

RTS also works with the DC United soccer team and manages other LEED-certified facilities including Audi Field, Nationals Park, Citi Field and Barclays Center. RTS says that in addition to waste disposal, the company provides data insight that helps companies track their pick-ups, giving them visibility into their waste habits, recycling practices, and climate impacts.

Sports stadiums have increasingly been addressing the challenges of sustainability and the need to reduce their environmental impact. Since 2017, the US Green Building Council has identified at least 30 LEED-certified sports venues in use or underway in the US.

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