Horse racing fans recycle at Churchill Downs
Visitors to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby on
Oaks and Derby days recycled aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the
infield or the satellite parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Large
recycling containers were marked with “Go Green Louisville -- Get in
the Loop” logos.
Last year, visitors to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby generated
about 174 tons of trash. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of that
tonnage is recyclable.
“This recycling initiative is a proven winner at Churchill Downs and
other sports venues because it allows fans who are concerned about the
environment to actively do something to help,” said Rob Thoele, region
manager for Anheuser-Busch Recycling.
Three local schools sent teams to Churchill Downs after the Derby to
collect recyclables from the infield, paddock, parking lot and other
areas near the track. Approximately 90 students and 30 instructors took
part in the post-Derby collection. A portion of the proceeds from the
recyclables collected by the students will go to the Permanently Disabled
The Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Department will collect the
recyclables on a regular basis throughout the spring and fall meets.
The materials will be transported to a recovery facility for processing.