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March 2007

Pro Bowl scores recycling touchdown once again

For the second year in a row, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Football League have kicked up their recycling efforts at the Pro Bowl. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii and Honolulu Recovery Systems helped EPA and the NFL collect and recycle bottles and cans in the parking lot at Aloha Stadium while fans tailgated.

This year the collection was expanded to include additional parking lot areas, with the goal to collect over 12,000 cans and bottles, yielding $600 through deposit rebates. Community Energy, a green energy marketer and developer, has committed to match the money raised, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii.

To make the Pro Bowl a carbon neutral event, Community Energy also donated renewable energy credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions from the Pro Bowl and the NFL Pro Bowl Tailgate Party. The EPA will work with the NFL to calculate the net carbon savings from its Pro Bowl activities.

The Pro Bowl recycling event is one of many public space recycling projects undertaken by EPA's Recycle on the Go program. Recycle on the Go encourages recycling at concerts, sporting events and other locations.

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