April 2015 Spotlight: The Pacifics

Posted on April 30, 2015


The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club

The San Rafael Pacifics Story:
The San Rafael Pacifics’ commitment to their community is evident in their approach to recycling and waste. Last season, the team realized they had a problem: the recyclables weren’t going where they are supposed to and the trash was overflowing. The Pacifics game day staff came up with several solutions, including collecting trash from fans during the 7th inning stretch and sorting through all bins at the end of each game to ensure proper disposal.  This has produced dramatic results, including about $200 a month saved on disposal fees.
“We want to remind fans of the importance of recycling and give them an easy way to properly dispose of their waste,” says Jennifer Clark, the newly hired director of business and community relations. With the help of partners Bellam Self Storage, Marin Clean Energy, Marin Sanitary Service, Moresco Distributing and the City of San Rafael, signage will be improved at both trash areas, turning them into “education stations,” including photographs of items on sale at the concessions stands. Recognizing that it all starts with purchasing, the Pacifics are also working to ensure that all disposable foodware they purchase is either recyclable or compostable.

In addition, the Pacifics’ Green Team is really hitting it out of the park with a planned “No Litter in Baseball” campaign. With all the changes they’re making, it looks like the Pacifics are on their way to becoming the greenest team in the Minor Leagues!

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Secret to Success:
Recognized that it all starts with purchasing recyclable or compostable products

Major Gains:San Rafael Pacifics
 Saved over $200 per month on waste bill

How They Did It:
Purchasing only compostable or recyclable foodware
Education Stations showing what can be composted, recycled, or landfilled
Waste stations conveniently placed on each side of ball park
7th Inning Stretch Announcement reminders


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