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LA Memorial Coliseum achieves “zero-waste” status

The LA Memorial Coliseum is now officially a “zero waste” sports venue, an achievement that reinforces LA 2024’s pledge to stage the Greenest Games in history and establish the Olympic Movement at the forefront of sustainable major event hosting.

The 90,000-seat venue is set to undergo a $270 million privately-funded upgrade to be finished for the 2019 college football season. Just two years after the LA Memorial Coliseum was sending all its waste to landfills, the iconic, 93 year-old stadium has now joined an elite group of trailblazing zero-waste venues in the United States setting new standards in sustainable sports event hosting.

Industry standards define zero-waste as recycling, composting or re-purposing at least 90 per cent of waste materials. The University of Southern California, the LA Memorial Coliseum operator and LA 2024 partner, reached the benchmark during professional and college football matches in November and December. The LA Memorial Coliseum becomes the largest NFL stadium and second largest college stadium to achieve zero-waste status, having re-purposed 233 tons of waste created by over one million stadium patrons this football season.

LA 2024 is now working hand-in-hand with USC to incorporate innovative, impactful green strategies into a plan to deliver a fully sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games. USC has implemented measures such as the use of compostable trays, cutlery and cups, social media and peer-to-peer education…

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