When fans come to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, they’re pushing for more than a victory from the USC Trojans or the Los Angeles Rams. They’re also part of a sustainability effort that has helped push the stadium past the “zero waste” goal line. For a stadium with a capacity of more than 90,000, that’s no small feat. Our venue now ranks as one of the most sustainable stadiums in the country. See how the stats stack up.
What is Zero Waste?
It’s when 90 percent or more of waste materials are diverted from landfills through recycling or composting. (Why not 100 percent? Because some fans bring their own non-compostable products.)
That’s how many custodial and sustainability staff assist with zero-waste goals at the Coliseum during games.
It takes a full day to process waste from a game – except on weekends when the stadium hosts both the Trojans and Rams. Then there’s as little as eight hours to clean up between games.
During the 2018 football season, the Coliseum’s zero waste program successfully achieved zero waste status (90%+ diversion rate) on 14 of 17 football game days. Of the 293 tons of waste generated in the stadium during the 2018 season, approximately 267 tons were recovered through recycling and composting practices. A total of 128 tons of compost has been recovered, and 139 tons of material has been recycled, compared to just 26.35 tons of waste sent to the landfill.
We’re #1 (and #2)
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the largest NFL stadium and second-largest college stadium to achieve zero waste.
Our Zero Waste Initiative partners include Athens Services, our waste hauler, and Legends Hospitality, the stadium’s concessionaire, along with BASF, EcoSafe Zero Waste and Waxie. Together, we have accelerated stadium greening.
2018 Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery Award
2018 National Designation as a World War I Centennial Memorial
2017 NECA Las Angeles Electrical Excellence Award (Field Lighting)
2017 Pac12 Zero Waste Bowl Champion
2016 Pac12 Zero Waste Bowl Champion
2015 Pac12 Zero Waste Bowl Most Improved
1984 Official Designation as a National and State Historic Landmark
1968 Re-Dedicated as a World War I Memorial