FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today announced the expansion of green initiatives at Citi Field building on the sustainable environmental programs introduced with the design, construction and opening of the ballpark three years ago.
The Mets, in partnership with Action Carting Environmental Services and ARAMARK, are composting in all kitchens, suites, clubs and restaurants. Grass clippings from the field are also being composted.
In addition, new Action Carting recycling receptacles are located throughout Citi Field, helping the Mets achieve an equal number of recycling containers to trash bins. Cans, plastic or glass bottles and cardboard will continue to be recycled including Budweiser’s new Mets 50th Anniversary aluminum bottles. Beer cans are no longer being poured into cups to reduce waste.
ryer oil is being recycled in all concession stands, kitchens, clubs and restaurants. The waste oil is converted into biodiesel fuel and then reused in biodiesel-ready field equipment. Alliance Building Services uses green cleaning materials in its efforts to keep Citi Field clean.
The Mets and ARAMARK are purchasing green products including compostable utensils and post-consumer recycled cups, plates, and napkins.
The expanded program was scheduled to be announced yesterday, to coincide with Earth Day, but the game was rained out.
These new efforts complement the existing programs geared to make Citi Field environmentally friendly. The ballpark was built with recycled concrete and construction vehicles were fueled with ultra-low sulfur diesel. The Mets save more than four million gallons of water per year by using 414 hands-free faucets, 635 automated toilet flush-valves, and 270 waterless urinals. A 11,000 square foot green roof atop the administration building in rightfield, white PVC roofs throughout the ballpark, high mast parking lot light fixtures, permeable pavers, and an underground well used to irrigate the playing field are other ways the Mets are working at Citi Field to protect the environment.