Waste Reduction and Recycling

We have taken steps to ensure that over 63% of our waste is effectively diverted from local landfills. Efforts include placement of Recycling Stations in public areas, picking recyclables from seating areas following events, a food-waste composting program, recycling cooking oils/grease, ensuring environmentally friendly disposal of e-waste, metal, wood, lights, styrofoam, plastics, and other secondary recyclables. To date, we recycle approximately 800 tons annually.

Organic Waste: Purchased capital equipment and instituted policies and programs to capture organic food-waste for composting, reducing our volume of waste sent to our public landfills. Recycling Cooking Oils and Grease: Recycling over 3,000 gallons of used cooking oils and grease used by our food services division. This is used by a third-party vendor for economically friendly applications, such as alternative fuels and we receive a rebate per gallon recycled.

The Rose Quarter actively recycles cardboard/paper, glass, wood, steel and aluminum/plastics and composts.  Here are levels applicable from this last year, based on tonnage per annum. We have increased these levels even further during the last year with new programs and initiatives. Our diversion rate is over 63%:

Organics/Food-Waste – 250 tons per year
Cardboard/Paper – 150 tons per year
Glass – 120 tons per year
Aluminum/Plastics - 50 tons per year
Wood (pallets and other) - 150 tons per year
Steel/Metals - 10 tons per year

Post-Event Recycling: Following events, our cleaning staff collects and sorts all recycling from seating areas, concourses and common areas. 100% of durable goods are recycled, through donation services.

RecycleWorks Awards: The Office of Planning and Sustainability presented three RecycleWorks Awards to the Portland Trail Blazers, Ovations and AEG for making significant progress in the areas of reducing, reusing, recycling and making sustainable purchasing decisions.

100 Best Green Companies: Oregon Business Journal awarded Portland Trail Blazers as one of the 100 Best Green Companies in 2009.

Supported a recycling operation for the renovation to the downtown bus mall. We leased land adjacent to the Rose Quarter that recycled old sidewalk and roadway materials which was used for the new streets and sidewalks. Locating the operation next to the Rose Quarter took thousands of vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) off the transportation grid, as the City's only other option was to recycle the materials many miles away from downtown.

Recycling Room Attendants:  Currently employing staff in areas to help sort out recyclables from general trash.

Ensure all office spaces, conference rooms, copy rooms, etc have recycle containers for paper products, cans/bottles, plastics and other recyclable waste streams.

Recycle Stations, In-Arena and Event Recycling Efforts:  Ensure all patrons and visitors have availability to recycle glass/plastic bottles, paper and aluminum products, both inside and outside of our complex. Recycling Electronic Waste and other Alternative Waste Streams: Ensuring environmentally correct approach is used for all waste streams involving electronic waste, metals, lighting, styrofoam, plastics, shrink-wrap, ink-cartridges, CD/DVD’s, batteries, etc

Food/Beverage Collection Barrels at Facility Entrances: Developed relationship with Oregon Food Bank to collect unopened food and beverage items that are not allowed into our facilities. These products are distributed to needy individuals and families in our community, which would otherwise go to our landfills.

Recycled worn-out and used employee uniforming to local organization that re-used the materials to make environmentally-friendly industrial cloths.

During recent facility renovations, recycled construction debris and re-used materials from prior projects and salvaging materials from demolition. 70% of construction debris is diverted from the landfill.