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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles: Environmental Activities

Since their debut in 2005, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have been active in promoting environmental preservation through activities such as sorting and recycling waste at Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi. These activities are conducted by both team staff as well as volunteers, and are made possible through the cooperation of dedicated fans.

The continuing implementation of various environmentally-friendly initiatives has enabled the Stadium to reduce its carbon footprint by 33.3 tons, equivalent to the annual CO2 absorption of approximately 2,400 cedar trees.

Reducing Waste and Standardizing Takeout Containers

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have developed new takeout containers for vendors at Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi in order to reduce waste from plates, cups, chopsticks, forks and other disposable food implements. The containers are standardized, making them easier to sort and collect.

Additionally, vendors at Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi now sell reusable cups, reducing paper waste as well as providing fans with a simple solution to help them protect the environment.

Recycling Breathes New Life into Trash

After rubbish has been properly sorted, it is recycled and used to make new products. On average, some 11,000 paper cups are used during the course of one game. These cups are then handed over to a paper manufacturer and are reborn as 275 rolls of toilet paper.

During the same game approximately 2,600 sets of chopsticks are discarded. These chopsticks are recycled into approximately 870 sheets of A4 copy paper.

Straws, jet balloons, and other plastic waste is recycled into refuse paper and plastic fuel (RPF), which is used by factories such at the Nippon Paper Iwanuma Mill as an alternative to fuel oil. Around 55 kilograms of plastic is sorted and collected on average each game, which helps reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 125 kilograms.

Additionally, children who gather 10 pieces of plastic rubbish for recycling receive an exclusive Tohoku Rakuten Eagles sticker, encouraging them in their efforts to protect the environment.

Eco Volunteers and Eco Stations: Backbone of the Eagles’ Environmental Activities

The five Eco Stations at Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi are manned by Eco Volunteers, who make up the backbone of the Eagles’ environmental activities. Volunteers help visitors sort waste and conduct programs promoting consideration for the environment. Having visitors sort their own rubbish helps keep Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi clean, encourages proper waste disposal in everyday life, and helps maintain the beauty of the city of Sendai.

Waste Sorting and Collection at Rakuten Kobo Stadium Miyagi
Burnable waste Dirty paper scraps, used empty lunch boxes, food leftovers, cups for hot beverages, etc. Converted into heat and energy for heated pools, etc.
Plastic Plastic trays, cup lids, straws, plastic products Converted into RPF fuel, an environmentally friendly alternative to coal and other fossil fuels
Paper cups Paper cups Used as raw material for tissue and toilet paper
Clean paper Pamphlets and other clean paper waste Used as raw material for recycled cardboard
Glass bottles, cans and plastic bottles Not allowed in the stadium, so garbage receptacles set up outside Reused and recycled
Chopsticks Used chopsticks Every three sets recycled into one sheet of A4 paper

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