According to the company’s WMPO 2015 Sustainability Report, in addition to achieving a zero waste validation, Waste Management improved the tournament’s overall environmental sustainability results at the “Greenest Show on Grass” amid a record 564,368 attendees.
Waste Management’s sustainability results are validated by two outside parties: the Council for Responsible Sport and UL Environment. For three years in a row, WMPO earned UL Environment’s highest landfill diversion rate designation, Zero Waste to Landfill Operations, with 10 percent incineration with energy recovery in 2014 and 2015, and 12 percent in 2013.
Additionally, the Council for Responsible Sport elevated the tournament’s two-year certification from Gold to Evergreen status, making the Waste Management Phoenix Open the largest event and the first PGA Tour tournament to achieve Evergreen certification.
Other initiatives that contributed to the tournament’s improved sustainability:
- The WMPO Water Campaign, a water conservation initiative in collaboration with Change the Course, raised funds to restore 35 million gallons of water to the Colorado River Basin and Verde River.
- More than 30,000 pounds of unused, perishable food from the tournament was donated to charities including Waste Not Perishable Food Rescue & Delivery and Church on the Street.
- Along with Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, Waste Management collected and donated 25,239 pounds of tournament materials and 682 pounds of vinyl fence signage, most of which Waste Management had reused outdoors since the 2010 event.