Chicagoland Speedway Collects More than 11 Tons of Recyclable Material during NASCAR Weekend


JOLIET, Ill. – As part of its partnership with Coca-Cola Recycling and with the help of sponsor Waste Management, Chicagoland Speedway collected more than 11 tons of material for recycling during its NASCAR weekend in just one of several environmental outreach programs conducted at the event.

According to Chicagoland Speedway Sr. Manager of Operations and Facilities Tim Judge, material was collected throughout the facility in several ways: Cardboard containers were placed in each suite; 55 gallon drums with Coca-Cola branding were placed throughout the concourse level, Champions Park, Miller Turn One deck, NASCAR Series haulers, turnstiles and hospitality village; and 10 Waste Management recycling dumpsters were placed throughout the property, with a main focus on the area behind the grandstands and main entrances.

“Environmental responsibility is an important component of our business philosophy,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Craig Rust. “Our partnership with Coca-Cola Recycling helps educate race fans on the importance of recycling while allowing us to collect 11 tons of material, significantly reducing landfill waste from our event.  We’re also proud to participate in the NASCAR GREEN CLEAN AIR project, a tree planting project which provides environmental and aesthetic benefits to the community.  We look forward to building upon our efforts going forward.”

A number of Green programs were announced during the weekend, such as Chicagoland Speedway’s partnership with Coca-Cola Recycling and NASCAR’s GREEN CLEAN AIR initiative.


Chicagoland Speedway placed 300 red and white recycling barrels in high-traffic areas such as Champions Park, Hospitality Village, the Concourse level of the grandstands and both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series garages.  Fans also visited the Coca-Cola Recycling Educational Vehicle interactive display in Champions Park.  The 40-foot trailer featured videos, games, and prizes - all designed to inform and educate fans about the value of recycling in a fun and interactive setting.


Chicagoland Speedway tapped the City of Joliet, home of the 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval near Chicago, as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s GREEN CLEAN AIR initiative – one of the newest pro-environment community outreach programs developed by America’s most popular motorsport.

City of Joliet Mayor Arthur Schultz attended pre-race ceremonies at Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup 400 to officially accept as beneficiary.  Trees will be purchased from a local nursery and planted after the event, as seasons allow.  They will most likely be planted on the city’s east side.

NASCAR GREEN CLEAN AIR broadens the scope of Chicagoland Speedway and parent company International Speedway Corporation’s green initiatives.  These efforts focus on reducing the immediate impacts from racing facilities and events through broad-based recycling, conservation and pursuing renewable power sources, to name a few.

About Coca-Cola Recycling

Coca-Cola Recycling is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world’s largest marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products. The company is dedicated to recovering and recycling packaging materials used in North America - including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, aluminum, cardboard and plastic film. Coca-Cola Recycling is working to recover and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of the packaging produced by the Coca-Cola system in the United States.


NASCAR will donate 10 trees for each green flag during their NASCAR Sprint Cup events as a way to capture carbon produced during the races (an estimated 100 trees per race).  Each of the eleven tracks participating this inaugural year is encouraged to work with local communities to choose who could benefit from the program the most, and ultimately select the recipient.  In the 2010 season, NASCAR GREEN CLEAN AIR will roll out to all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series venues.  In all, approximately 20 "green acres" will be planted annually.

About Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway

Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway are wholly-owned by International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), a leading promoter of motorsports activities.  ISC owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway (home of the Daytona 500), as well as owns or has interest in a number of other motorsports-related businesses.

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