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‘It’s bizarre’: No recycling at PGA Championship

Normally golf courses are quiet, but not after this round

Golf courses are normally quiet, with noise being frowned upon. But on Wednesday, when golfers finished their practice round for the PGA Championship at hole 18 at Quail Hollow Club, there was an explosion of young eager voices hoping to get an au
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Golf courses are normally quiet, with noise being frowned upon. But on Wednesday, when golfers finished their practice round for the PGA Championship at hole 18 at Quail Hollow Club, there was an explosion of young eager voices hoping to get an au

After drinking a refreshing water, soda or beer at the PGA Championship this week, fans might be surprised to find out that there is no recycling option at Quail Hollow Club for their cans and bottles.

Green trash bags and white waste receptacles line the pathways around the course, but there aren’t any designated places for recycling.

The lack of recycling is upsetting some fans and volunteers who have been out at the course this week, said Linda Luxenberg, a Davidson resident who has been volunteering for the tournament.

“Everyone that stops and thinks about it is outraged,” Luxenberg said. “If we don’t have the sense to recycle, that’s shameful. It’s strange. It’s bizarre.”

The PGA Championship is expected to attract more than 200,000 fans this week to Quail Hollow, and with hot weather expected the volume of empty bottles and cans generated should be high.

In a statement, 2017 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel said the tournament understands “the importance of recycling and will be looking at ways to incorporate this important element in the future.”

The PGA Championship, Mengel added, embraces “a commitment to sustainability in many important ways, including maximizing the use of recycled materials, optimizing energy efficiency, reducing waste and (the use of) other natural resources.”

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Green trash bags and white trash receptacles line the pathways around the course, but there aren’t any designated places for recycling. Jeff Siner

The lack of recycling is a contrast with the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament that is also played at Quail Hollow. According to that tournament’s web site, the Wells Fargo has offered recycling at the course since 2007, processing a total of 233 tons of aluminum, plastic, bunting, paper, and cardboard.

The Wells Fargo is run by a nonprofit called Champions for Educations, while the PGA is run by the PGA of America.

The PGA Championship cited a number of other sustainability efforts underway at the tournament this year:

▪ Materials used to put on the PGA Championship, such as lumber and steel, will be reused for future events.

▪ Food service provider Levy has a program that includes using 100 percent recycled paper and plasticware and recycling cooking oil. It also expects to donate more than 10,000 pounds of unused non-perishable food to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

▪ Transportation and delivery providers have plans to maximize fuel efficiency.

Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker

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