Waste Connections Upcycles Mountain Waste and Banners into Eco-Friendly Backpacks with Ecologic Designs

The Waste Connections Events & Sustainability team was honored to work with NFL Green at the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City. This limited run of 33 backpacks is made from a banner that was collected specifically for this upcycling project. The remaining banners were given to local non-profits and charity groups in and around Kansas City, which help provide much needed fabrics, and materials to groups that employ, empower, and enrich the lives of community members through sewing classes and programs. This backpack also represents the power of industry leaders partnering together to focus on waste diversion, normally these banners would have ended up in a landfill, now they have a second life as cloths, and school book bags for children and families in need.

The Waste Connections Special Events & Sustainability Division is committed to helping events in stadiums & venues across the nation focus on environmental stewardship and social responsibility through the on-site implementation of programs centered on responsible waste management, proper procurement, food & resource recovery, community outreach & partnerships.

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NFL Green, the league’s environmental program, works to mitigate the environmental impact of the NFL’s major events and create a “green” legacy in each community that hosts Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft. These objectives are addressed through active partnerships with NFL sponsors, local host commitees, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

NFL Green projects are hands-on and make a lasting difference in each host community – one that remains long after the big game is played, or the big event has ended. Since its beginning in 1993, NFL Green has earned recognition for Super Bowl as the greenest professional sports event in America.

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Waste Connections is a prominent waste management company that operates across North America, providing comprehensive waste collection, disposal, recycling, and environmental services. With a strong commitment to sustainability and responsible waste management, Waste Connections plays a vital role in safeguarding the environment and communities they serve.

Founded in 1997, Waste Connections has steadily grown to become a recognized leader in the waste industry. They serve millions of residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers, offering tailored solutions to meet their diverse waste management needs. One of the cornerstones of Waste Connections’ approach is their dedication to environmental protection and sustainability. They actively promote recycling and waste diversion programs, aiming to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and minimize the impact on natural resources.

The Waste Connections Special Events & Sustainability Division is committed to helping events in stadiums & venues across the nation focus on environmental stewardship and social responsibility through the on-site implementation of programs centered on responsible waste management, proper procurement, food & resource recovery, community outreach & partnerships.

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