SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's often called the "Greatest Show on Grass," but this weekend the Waste Management Phoenix Open wants to be the "greenest" show on grass.
The 500,000 fans expected to visit the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale will not find any trashcans. It's all part of Phoenix Open's zero-waste challenge.
"We only have recycling containers and compost containers," said Brad Pollock, director of operations. “We work with the vendors, we work with the Thunderbirds, we work with the tournament so that everything brought in is going to go into one of those two containers.”
Nearly 6,000 containers are spread strategically across the golf course for optimum disposal, so fans won’t have to worry about their waste winding up in a landfill.
“We take all the material from here, and we take it to a transfer station,” Pollock said. “We take the recycling material, and we take it to the material recovery facility, or the ‘murf.’ And all the compost material, we take to an organic processing facility.”
In addition to the bins, the tournament will have three zero-waste stations, converted trash dumpsters armed with the latest technology to help make going green go as smooth as possible.
“We have volunteers there” at the stations, Pollock said. “They can talk to the people. They can show them where the material goes. They’ll put the material where it goes properly.”
Fans are encouraged to use social media with the hashtag “greenest show” as well.
“They can share their own sustainability ideas, and they can see them up on the screens,” Pollock said.