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Ohio EPA Encourages Recycling on Earth Day with Cleveland Indians

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler is spending Earth Day with the Cleveland Indians to promote recycling at the ballpark.

Thanks to a new partnership and recycling grant from Ohio EPA, Tribe fans will be encouraged this entire season to recycle more using 60 new fan cans throughout Progressive Field. The Indians are continuing efforts to support the environment by expanding upon its own campaign, “Our Tribe is Green.” Since 2007, the Cleveland Indians have focused on recycling during all game days; Ohio EPA’s grant will expand these opportunities.

“Ohio EPA is proud to bring awareness about the importance of recycling on Earth Day with the Cleveland Indians,” said Director Butler. “We are asking fans to support recycling on Earth Day and every day because it saves energy and valuable landfill space, conserves our natural resources and creates jobs.”

The Cleveland Indians began a recycling program at Progressive Field. It was the first American League baseball team to install onsite solar and in 2012 the Indians scored another first with the installation of a wind turbine. In addition, signs in the ballpark use LED lighting, paper products with recycled content are used, and compostable cups and cutlery are available in the ballpark and front office.

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.

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