San Francisco is one of the most sustainable cities in North America, and Mayor Ed Lee recently announced that the City has reached 80 percent landfill diversion rates. According to Recology, San Francisco’s employee-owned recycling company, the October America’s Cup World Series event achieved a remarkable 98 percent landfill diversion rate. The 2013 America’s Cup has the goal of delivering a zero waste event next summer.
The America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) went to extra lengths attempting to minimize the footprint of the regatta village. For example, ACEA and Recology developed a plastic film recycling plan – a material not normally recycled in the City’s programs – which included staff and vendor training, separate containers and collection pickups. Recology estimates that 0.68 tons of plastic film was prevented from reaching landfill.
From the first day of set up at the Little Marina Green/Yacht Road venue (September 24) through two days after the event concluded (October 10), the following discarded materials were collected and diverted from landfill:
- Total Material Generated – 13.44 tons
- To Recycle – 9.89 tons
- To Compost – 3.28 tons
- To Landfill – 0.27 tons
- Diversion Rate – 98 percent