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US AIRWAYS CENTER TEAMS UP WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT TO LAUNCH RECYCLING PROGRAM

US AIRWAYS CENTER TEAMS UP WITH WASTE MANAGEMENT TO LAUNCH RECYCLING PROGRAM
Program will launch with Suns-Bucks game on Tuesday, December 9

PHOENIX – US Airways Center is teaming up with Waste Management to launch a new recycling program at the venue, as announced today. US Airways Center Recycling brought to you by Waste Management, will tip-off on Tuesday, December 9 when the Suns take on the Milwaukee Bucks at US Airways Center.

Waste Management recycling bins, provided by Coca Cola, will be placed throughout the building and guests will be encouraged to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans. The recycling program will also include public service announcements during Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Roadrunners games to increase fan awareness and properly educate guests on items that may be recycled.

"We're proud to be able to continue our efforts to become a more sustainable and environmentally friendly organization. Waste Management shares our goal and graciously came on board to make our recycling program happen,” said Ralph Marchetta, General Manager of Sports & Entertainment Services for US Airways Center. "Through the program, we will aim to involve and educate the millions of guests we host at US Airways Center each year that we can each make a difference for the environment by recycling."

With the implementation of the new recycling program, Waste Management estimates US Airways Center will recycle 4,448 pounds of aluminum, saving enough electricity to power a television for 427,000 hours, and 22,068 pounds of plastic, saving enough electricity to power four houses for one year.

“We are pleased to be teaming up with US Airways Center to expand their environmental sustainability program and provide recycling to its guests,” said Dan Vermeer, Market Area General Manager for Waste Management. “Through programs such as these we hope that we can encourage guests to continue recycling at their homes and places of work to make Phoenix a cleaner, greener community.”

The launch of the recycling program comes on the heels of the venue’s September 2008 announcement of the solar project in collaboration with APS. The 194-kilowatt AC solar energy system will utilize 1,125 Suntech panels, will cover approximately 18,000 square feet and will produce 331,233 kilowatt-hours each year. The project is expected to be operational in 2009.

About US Airways Center

The US Airways Center is owned by the City of Phoenix and managed by a subsidiary of Suns Legacy Partners, owners of the Suns (NBA), Mercury (WNBA) and the Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team (ECHL). The 19,000-seat, award-winning venue hosts 200 events a year including the Arizona Rattlers (AFL), concerts, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice shows, other family shows, sporting events, and conventions. More than two million guests attend events at the Center annually. For more information, log on to www.usairwayscenter.com.