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Waste Management: Think ‘green’ at Phoenix Open

While it’s billed as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale is also being dubbed “the greenest.”

Spectators are urged to wear something green on Saturday, Feb. 4, to honor and support the sustainability initiatives of the tournament.

For every person who wears green that day, the tournament host Thunderbirds will donate money to three non-profit organizations with a sustainability focus.

Now in its seventh year, the Green Out has raised $390,000 for a variety of local non-profit environmental organizations.

This year’s recipients include AZ Recycling Coalition, AZ Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and Change the Course water restoration campaign to northern Arizona rivers and the Lower Colorado River Basin.

As many as 4,000 recycling and composting bins have been positioned throughout the course.

Even the golf balls from the driving range are recycled. They’re used for the Waste Management Phoenix Open logo floating on the lake. The logo is125 feet long and weighs 8 tons. That’s the weight of a blue whale.

Another logo on the 15th tee is made with a quarter of a million used golf tees.

The event is the most sustainable sporting event in the world. For four straight years, 100 percent of the waste generated at the tournament has been repurposed for beneficial reuse. Zero waste has been sent to landfills as all aluminum cans, plastic bottles and cups and containers have either been reused, recycled, composted or recovered for energy.

The 2017 edition will mark the 82nd playing of the event, one of the five oldest events on the PGA TOUR, and the eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“It’s a remarkable accomplishment, with more than 600,000 fans attending the tournament last year that Waste Management is able to make this is a zero waste event,” said 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman Andy Markham.

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