Monday, December 31, 2012

Go Green! at Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game

Parade attendees and football fans are being asked to “Go Green” and join the massive recycling effort by Pasadena’s Department of Public Works during the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2013.

The City hopes to recycle at least 50 percent of all waste generated during these internationally acclaimed New Year’s festivities—that’s about 36 tons, enough to completely fill five commercial buses.  During the 2012 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, an amazing 72 tons of waste were collected, with about 25 tons recycled.  The public is being asked to help reach the new goal by correctly using specially marked recycling bins.

“Working together, we can all help the environment,” said Andy Torres, Public Works Street Maintenance and Integrated Waste Management Administrator.

The Pasadena Department of Public Works is working in collaboration with the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the Tournament of Roses, the LA Conservation Corps and the public to maximize recycling during the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game and other game-day special events to minimize waste going to the landfill.

In 2012, about 54 tons of waste was collected from parade route areas and another 18 tons of waste from the Rose Bowl Stadium.  Public Works’ officials expect to collect at least that much in 2013 too.

Rose Bowl Game attendees are being encouraged to correctly place bottles and cans in any of the 500 recycling bins placed inside and outside America’s Stadium.  Special signage announcing, “Recycling is Part of the Game” will be placed in key locations to remind attendees to help do their part.  Special recycling bins also will be available in the post-Parade viewing areas.

After the parade, waste collected from the parade route will be processed at a Material Recovery Facility where recyclable will be sorted out of the waste.  Also, after the game, a stadium sweep will be coordinated to collect recyclables from seating areas.  The LA Conservation Corps will collect recyclables from the stadium’s rows and aisles.

Another important part of recycling is to collect all of the unconsumed foods and flower arrangements from the special event tents, press boxes and media center.  The items will be donated to local shelters.

For more information about the City’s recycling activities, go online to or call Department of Public Works Customer Service at (626) 744-4087 Toll-free Visitor Hotline number for Rose Parade and Rose Bowl information is (877) 793-9911.

Go online to the following sites for additional information, including:

The City of Pasadena wishes all to have a happy and prosperous 2013.  Please celebrate responsibly and ALWAYS designate a driver.

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