EcoTrack 11: Toledo Mud Hens -- a major league recycler

Baseball season has begun out at Fifth Third Field, and the Mud Hens hope you notice a few eco-friendly changes they've made.
Baseball season has begun out at Fifth Third Field, and the Mud Hens hope you notice a few eco-friendly changes they've made.

TOLEDO -- Baseball season has begun out at Fifth Third Field, and the Mud Hens hope you notice a few eco-friendly changes they've made -- and are still making. Meteorologist James Canterbury takes the mound in this EcoTrack 11 report.

The Mud Hens are known worldwide for being a great Minor League baseball team. But they'd like to be known as a Major League friend to the environment.

"That's what we want. We have been asked by our customers, our fans, you know: How can we do more?" says Tim Gibson, property manager for Fifth Third Field. "We're partnering with waste management and state paper to recycle that (cardboard). Gladieaux is our partner also in getting the cardboard out of the waste stream and into the compactor."

Toledo Building Services is pairing up with the Mud Hens to collect the aluminum and plastic from recycling bins all over the park and sorting it so it can be recycled properly. They have even made waste-reducing changes in the restrooms.

"Using roll towels instead of c-fold towels. Trying to reduce the waste that way. Anyone who has been in the restroom with c-fold towels -- you get a handful of them," Gibson says, adding that he hopes fans will come see what the Mud Hens are doing to be more responsible.

"I think people are looking to do things that they wouldn't have done in the past. Now they are going to look for that recycling bin, now they'll understand why roll towels are more important. And we're going to give them those options," Gibson says.

The next time you head out to the ballpark with the family, you can feel good about doing your small part to help the environment.

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