D-backs go green for zero-waste day

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

SALT RIVER, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are going green.

The baseball team scheduled its first zero-waste day Thursday for its spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Graham Rossini of the Diamondbacks explained that the team partnered with the city of Phoenix as part of the Reimagine Phoenix initiative, which encourages city residents to rethink the role of trash in their lives. The initiative aims to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 40 percent in 2020

Fans can recycle or compost all of their waste at the ballpark, Rossini said, and if the zero-waste day is a success, it could move from spring training to the regular season.

“It starts in your sports venues,” he said. “We know we’ve got a great influence and a chance to educate fans, so if it works here, we definitely want to take it back to Chase Field.”

Also on display at Salt River Fields were the Gold Gloves won by D-backs outfielder Gerardo Parra and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.