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706px-phillies_phanatic.jpgThe Philadelphia Phillies, Global Spectrum and Citizens Bank Park have set a goal of diverting 20 to 25 of the cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum used this season, building upon a 15 percent recycling rate in 2008. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the goal is part of a broader program, titled “Red Goes Green,” which this year will include new food items, merchandise and promotions at Citizens Bank Park to raise environmental awareness.

“To achieve their recycling goal, the Phillies emphasized they won't just need help from the fans, but that the increase in recycling tonnage has to come from within. Currently, the Phillies' staff is undertaking efforts to include DC batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metal, vinyl material and carpeting/flooring material. Barstools already have been refurbished by recycling upholstery.

In addition, the Phillies will try to fill all of the stadium's energy needs through renewable sources, as the organization did last season.