Reporting Mike DeNardo
By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles take the field today at the Linc, but another green team will be working the parking lots outside.
While Eagles fans debate whether the coaching staff should be recycled, the Lot Squad patrols the tailgate lots gathering green bags of empty beer bottles, cans and cardboard.
“Typically at an event we will collect between four and six tons of recycling,” says Cecil Moore, founding partner of the Exton-based Lot Squad.
He also says his company has collected about 40,000 pounds of refuse in its first season.
Bob Jondreau, Executive Director of the nonprofit environmental group the Pennsylvania Resources Council, says Eagles tailgaters have embraced the concept.
“I can tell you, I think if we took it away from them at this point, they might be thinking, ‘What’s going on? Why can’t we recycle?’ And that’s obviously what we’re trying to do is keep the program going.”
So do tailgaters create more recycling at a win or a loss? Moore says the outcome isn’t a factor — the starting time of the game is. He says tailgaters seem to drink a lot more before a 4 p.m. kickoff.