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Source: Waste Management

Waste Management Helps the Phoenix Open Become a “Net Neutral” Tournament

By Carly Sitzer

For the past decade, Waste Management has been the title sponsor for the Phoenix Open; and this year marks six consecutive tournaments where the event will be zero-waste thanks to initiatives put forth by Waste Management. 

Since 2013, the efforts to divert 100 percent of the tournament waste to recycling, composing, donation, reuse, or the creation of energy has kept more than 6.4 million pounds of materials out of the landfill and onto their next best use. And while the impact that these moves have had on the environment has been immeasurable, Waste Management has been recognized in major ways for their dedication to the zero-waste movement; last year, the event maintained its Evergreen Inspire status with the Council for Responsible Sport and achieved its second Golf Environment Organization (GEO) certification — making it not only the first PGA Tour Tournament to obtain both certifications, but also the largest event to achieve such a high level of distinction.

While it makes sense that a significant effort has been made by Waste Management when it comes to eliminating waste and prioritizing the proper disposal of everything used at the tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open also makes a significant impact when it comes to water consumption and clean, renewable energy.