Going green: the Charlotte 49er football stadiumâ€™s zero-waste policy
Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by Justin Ruckman
â€śWe saw what Ohio State University was doing to transform their stadium to zero waste,â€ť she said. â€śWe thought it was something that had to be done at our stadium, too.â€ť
By zero waste, Payne means the stadium wonâ€™t produce any waste that has to go into a landfill. Instead, everything purchased at the stadium will be recyclable or compostable.
Payne, a psychology major and environmental studies minor, said the easiest way to get people to recycle and compost is to train themÂ early.
â€śIf you study human behavior, you see that if you plant an idea early enough, it will carry on for a long time,â€ť she said. â€śAt the stadium, we will be teaching people how to recycle and compost by not giving them any other options.â€ť
Steven Marques, who does marketing for the committee, said there wonâ€™t be any trash cans at the stadium, except in the restrooms.
â€śWeâ€™ll have signs up, and volunteers that will help people understand what to recycle and what to compost,â€ť heÂ said.
All the compostable material will be sent to Earth Farms, a composting site in Dallas. Eventually, Payne said, sheâ€™d like to have the compost come back to the university to be used for gardens.