DC United to open Audi Field with LEED-accredited recycling partner

MLS franchise, which recently signed former England captain Wayne Rooney, agrees multi-year partnership with Recycle Track Systems

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Audi Field, due to open later this month, was designed by sports architect Populous and received LEED Gold accreditation (Credit: DC United)

The arrival of Wayne Rooney may grab the headlines, but MLS franchise DC United has moved to boost its sustainability credentials by partnering with a LEED-accredited recycling company ahead of its move to Audi Field Stadium.

A multi-year partnership has been agreed between Audi Field (DC United’s new LEED Gold home) and New York-based Recycle Track Systems, with the latter “championing” waste reduction and providing measurable data to help the facility hit its environmental targets.

Recycle Track Systems will train Audi Field staff on waste separation practices, real-time tracking technology and distinguishing between recyclable and compostable food waste.

The company will also create in-stadium signage, branding on all waste receptacles and an educational pre-game video to engage with fans and encourage their participation in recycling during events.

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DC United recently signed former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (Credit: DC United)

Despite having an extensive sports portfolio, which includes Nationals Park, Citi Field and Barclays Center, the partnership marks the first time that Recycle Track Systems has joined a project during the final stages of construction.

The company’s chief executive, Greg Lettieri, said Audi Field was “dedicated to diverting gameday waste from landfills” which “goes hand in hand with our advanced recycling mission”.

Tom Hunt, DC United’s president, said that the team was “committed” to being environmentally responsible and protecting the area around Audi Field.

“The District of Columbia is focused on environmental sustainability and as a team that represents the nation’s capital, we want to reflect that same commitment while also providing fans with a world-class venue,” he added.

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