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EPA Recognizes Cardinals’ Food Waste Program

Allison Blood, KMOX News
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The Cardinals are using old hotdogs and torn up sod to fertilize parks and, perhaps, your backyard.

It’s all part of a composting program at Busch Stadium.  In its main kitchens, the club composts organic material that St. Louis Composting turns into fertilizer or animal feed. They also donate unused food to Operation Food Search.

For all this, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Cards as a leader in their Food Recovery Challenge Program, and gave the team a placard at the game Monday night.

EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks says other teams should look to the Cardinals’ example.

“The Cardinals have reduced their food waste by something like 85 percent over the past two years,” he said.

Unused food from the kitchens and concession stands are donated to Operation Food Search. In the first year of the project, 14 tons of food were donated. As the club became more efficient, it’s donated less: 8 tons were donated the following year, and 4 tons donated last year.

The Cardinals also installed several solar panels in the outfield last year. Those generate enough energy to power the team store.

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