Field at Talen Energy Stadium to be Removed, Recycled
New York, New York – (January 17, 2019) Recycle Track Systems, Inc. (RTS) announced a multi-year partnership with MLS’ Philadelphia Union as the exclusive company to manage waste services for the 18,500-seat, Talen Energy Stadium. The collaboration will kick-off with salvaging the existing soccer field’s soil which will provide 93 tons of reuse for composting or fill for construction projects.
In addition to readying the stadium for a brand-new field, RTS’ LEED accredited team will work closely with the staff to support proper education and communication on waste separation and diversion practices. RTS will also support Philadelphia Union in fan engagement, including in-stadium signage, proper branding on all waste receptacles and an educational pre-game video to encourage fan participation in recycling during events.
“We’re excited the Philadelphia Union recognizes the need to initiate a recycling plan that will replicate existing green sports stadium waste standards and help mitigate future impacts to the overall environmental footprint,” said Greg Lettieri, Co-Founder and CEO of RTS. “This is another terrific example of the continuing work of Philadelphia-area businesses and organizations taking steps to be more sustainable.”
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 adjacent to Talen Energy Stadium. The 16,500 square foot building includes a weight training area, physical therapy and sports science development area, nutrition center, locker rooms, and offices.
“We are thrilled that RTS is a part of the Union family,” expressed Jean-Paul Dardenne, Senior Vice President of the Philadelphia Union. “Not only are they the leaders in their field, but the Union and RTS share the passion to give back to the community.”
The wide-ranging recycling plan at Talen Energy Stadium to “go green’ is a result of more sports stadiums addressing the enduring challenges of sustainability. Since 2017, the U.S. Green Building Council, identified at least 30 LEED-certified sports venues in use or underway in the U.S., and the organization said that number is growing.
This is the second professional soccer team RTS has partnered with, including D.C. United. RTS manages services at other premier sports facilities including LEED certified Audi Field, Nationals Park, Citi Field and Barclays Center.
About Recycle Track Systems
Recycle Track Systems, Inc. is pioneering a better way to manage waste and recycling. RTS combines technology with high-touch service to make waste disposal easier, smarter and more responsible. From on-demand removal to fully integrated waste management solutions, RTS helps companies easily track and optimize their pickups. Using data insight, RTS empowers companies with visibility into their waste habits and tangible figures on their climate impact to improve their waste and recycling practices. RTS is a certified B-Corporation, reflecting its dedication and commitment to meeting stringent standards of environmental transparency and performance. For more information visit rts.com.
About Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia was awarded the 16th Major League Soccer franchise on Feb. 28, 2008 and the Union were officially named on May 11, 2009. Owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the group launched the Philadelphia Union’s inaugural season on March 25, 2010 and opened Talen Energy Stadium on June 27 of that year. Throughout the club’s history, the Union have reached the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in 2014, 2015 and 2018, and have also reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2011, 2016 and 2018. This year, Philadelphia Union are celebrating nine years of top-flight action at Talen Energy Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium that has hosted internationally known clubs Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara, Everton, Schalke 04, Aston Villa, Pumas UNAM, Stoke City, Crystal Palace, AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City AFC and Eintracht Frankfurt. For more information about Philadelphia Union, visit www.philadelphiaunion.com.
Frank R. Piemonte