The Waste Management Open in Phoenix, Arizona spans 7 full days and accommodates over 500,000 rambunctious golf fans. This golf tournament has gained a reputation as having a party atmosphere for its stadium like structure, which inevitably produces a great deal of trash. However, the WM Open is able to create absolutely zero waste -they don’t have any trashcans on the course.
This golf tournament, which attracts all the major players, is equipped with recycling containers, composting bins and solar powered trash compacters. Many of the players contributed by using reclaimed tees and golf balls. These various efforts are able to result in Zero Waste, which has allowed the tournament to be called the “Greenest Show on Grass.”
Last year the Waste Management Phoenix Open diverted 100% of the event’s trash from ending up in the landfill. This could even be accomplished even after spectators began throwing trash on the 16th hole in celebration of Tiger Woods’ hole-in-one.
The greenest golf tournament should be the one sponsored by Waste Management. It will be interesting to see if WM will be able to continue its streak of producing zero waste. As long as there aren’t a bunch of hole-in-one celebrations, I think the streak will continue.