Chicago Cubs to fans: let's recycle!

Wrigley FieldThe dog days of summer will be a little bit greener this year, at least in Chicago at Wrigley Field.

Cubs fans have a lot to be proud of. Their team has taken on recycling in a big way.

Their new “Real Fans Recycle” campaign asks fans to help divert aaround 165,000 pounds of plastic and cardboard from landfills.  This season, vendors at Wrigley Field will use compostable plates and cutlery, and plastic drink cups and napkins that are made from recycled content

The "Real Fans Recycle" logo will be on shirts throughout Wrigley Field this summer

The "Real Fans Recycle" logo will be on shirts throughout Wrigley Field this summer

Fans will see ushers nd event staff sporting cool “Real Fans Recycle” shirts made from 100% recycled material, including recycled PET plastic from which Wrigley Field beverage cups are made.

The emblazoned shirts are sponsored by Solo Cup Company, who’s partnered with the Cubs Baseball organization, Allied Waste, Free Green Canand Levy Restaurants for this innovative recycling effort.

For year-round recycling, the Cubs organization has placed 25 dual-purpose (recycling/trash) Free Green Cans  around the outer footprint of Wrigley Field that fans, residents and visitors can utilize.

Way to go Cubs!  Come on, Commissioner Selig, how about a league-wide green initiative? What a difference THAT would make!

2 Responses

  1. Awesome news.

    I run an Eco Buying group that helps small businesses get discounts on compostable & recycled supplies, so really cool to see that sports venues are taking strides toward running more sustainably.

    Quick Question: Are composting bins going to be available for customers to dispose of the plates and cutlery? If so, is this a new thing or have composting bins been available for the past few years?

    Composting is definitely key to maximizing the environmental benefit of the products and I know Chicago doesn’t currently offer curbside composting, so curious to hear how this is working…


    As far as I know, this is something new. Collecting compostable foodware – in itself a new practice – is usually only done by a limited number of US municipalities as part of their regular trash pick-up service. It will be interesting to see how this all develops over the coming months.


    • Hey Debra – Thanks for the reply! Yes, I’m definitely hoping this works out well for Wrigley and will keep my eye on it. I think sports venues could be a great way to start educating large amounts of Americans about 3 bin trash separation: waste, recycling, and compost. Very exciting.

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