JUNE 2008

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 Jockeys Fund.

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.