See what the Philadelphia Eagles are doing to minimize and dispose of food waste

by Brianna Crandall — July 31, 2017 — To continue the organization’s ongoing pace-setting efforts of reducing their impact on the environment, the National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they will team up with environmental partner Waste Masters Solutions on the installation of a food waste digester and data analytics platform at Lincoln Financial Field. The eco-friendly mechanism is designed to optimize efficiency and properly dispose of food waste during the pre- and post-consumer periods.

food waste digesters

The Eco-Safe Digester is designed to optimize efficiency and properly dispose of food waste during the pre- and post-consumer periods. Photo: BioHiTech Global

Waste Masters Solutions will work closely with BioHiTech Global — a green technology company that develops and deploys innovative and disruptive waste management technologies — on the design, construction and operation of the stadium’s Eco-Safe Digester and analytics platform.

Jason Miller, Eagles senior vice president of Operations, commented:

Waste Masters Solutions is a global leader in the environmental industry, providing exceptional care and high-quality service for all of our team’s waste-handling needs. As an organization that takes our ecological efforts very seriously, we are constantly evaluating and fine-tuning our sustainability model so that we can continue to reduce our overall impact. Thanks to Waste Masters Solutions, I am fully confident that the implementation of this new bio-digester will help make our waste program more efficient.

In September 2016, a waste digester was installed at the team’s practice facility, the NovaCare Complex, to help decompose pre-consumer food waste. Since the installation, more than 9 tons (18,100 pounds) of food waste has been decomposed and, thus, diverted from landfills, says the organization.

Steve Masterson, Waste Masters Solutions president and CEO, said:

Actions always speak louder than words. Waste Masters is privileged and honored to partner with such world-class organizations that care so much about our environment.

Eagles Go Green program

Based on the core belief that the path to sustainability is a journey and not a destination, Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie spearheaded the team’s Go Green program in 2003 with the opening of Lincoln Financial Field. What started out with blue recycling bins under each employee’s desk has turned into a comprehensive environmental program that features the elements of green energy production, recycling and composting, energy and water conservation, reforestation and sustainability partnerships.

The organization reportedly recycles more than 850 tons of material each year, and, through their energy-from-waste program, virtually 100 percent of waste is diverted from landfills.

For more information on the Eagles Go Green program or the Eagles / Waste Masters partnership, visit the organizations’ respective Web sites.