Last week, attendees of the PGA Championship in Charlotte, N.C., called out event coordinators for the lack of recycling options. While there were green trash bags and white waste receptacles located around the course, recycling bins for cans and bottles were nowhere to be found.
Shortly after being called out, the organizers decided to offer recycling for the remainder of the weekend. While it’s still unclear why the PGA decided not to initially offer recycling options, 2017 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel stated that the PGA knows the important of recycling and it will be looking into ways to add more recycling options in the future.
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The hundreds of bottles and cans consumed during the first five days of PGA Championship week at Quail Hollow Club ended up in the trash rather than the recycling.
But that happened despite Mecklenburg County’s repeated offers to provide recycling services, said Jeff Smithberger, Mecklenburg County’s solid waste management director.
The county offers recycling cans and other assistance for events. Smithberger said that most entities that host large events, like the Panthers and 24 Hours of Booty, gladly accept the county’s services. The county has regularly worked with the Wells Fargo Championship, another pro golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club.