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Indianapolis Indians collect 23.82 tons of recyclables

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The Indianapolis Indians organization has announced that its 2011 “Perfect Pitch” Recycling Program at Victory Field recycled 23.82 tons of plastic, aluminum, glass and cardboard that otherwise would have been disposed of as solid waste. The total represents a 33 percent increase over the 2010 season.

Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Ballard honored the Indians with a Sustainability Award for recycling 17.92 tons of waste in 2010. The Indians recycling program encourages fans to make a “Perfect Pitch” while at Victory Field and whenever they dispose of waste.

“Recycling is a priority for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field,” said Indians Vice President and General Manager Cal Burleson. “We appreciate our partnership with Ray’s Trash Service and the recognition we have received from the City of Indianapolis. Our fans have responded well to our encouragement and their participation has been paramount in the success of ‘Perfect Pitch’ recycling.”

The Indians partnered with Ray’s Trash Service to strategically place 85 recycling containers throughout the 14,200-seat ballpark. Forty-five of these containers are bottle-shaped with restrictive openings and identified with “The Perfect Pitch” logo. The logo customizes the universal recycling logo to form the shape of a baseball home plate. The other 40 containers are placed throughout the third floor suite level, administrative offices and back-of-house service areas.

In 2011, the 23.82 tons of recycled materials at Victory Field included 14.44 tons of bottles and cans, 6.24 tons of cardboard, 2.98 tons of metal and plastic stadium seats (as a part of renovation for the new Captain Morgan Cove bar area) and 0.16 tons of paper document destruction.

In addition to the nearly 24 tons of recycled waste, the Indians also recently recycled sod and sand as part of installing a new infield playing surface at Victory Field. Approximately 25,000 square feet of sod was provided to a local country club and 550 tons of root zone sand will be used as top dressing sand for the Fishers Parks Department. The Indians also donated 125 tons of infield mix to several area high schools and colleges including Brownsburg High School, Covenant Christian High School and the University of Indianapolis.

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