Each year, the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon strives to be a "zero waste" event.

A Zero Waste Event

Since 2011, P3R has worked with Zero Waste Pennsylvania, a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council, to create a comprehensive zero waste program at every stage of race weekend. From the start line through the finish line festival, waste is collected and sorted so that as much material as possible is reused, composted or recycled.

The 2019 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events diverted 93% of waste from landfills. This is the sixth year in a row the event has successfully diverted 90 percent or more of its waste from landfills. International standards define “zero waste” as reaching a diversion rate of 90 percent or above.

Race Weekend Highlights
  • More than 21,610 pounds of items discarded at fluid stations and the finish line, including 60,000 water bottles and 30,000 mylar blankets, were picked up by volunteers and collected by the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Environmental Services and recycled.
  • 8,839 pounds of compostable material collected during the weekend, including 32,000 banana peels and 480,000 cups, was sorted and sent to a local farm for composting.
  • 2,595 pounds of clothing items left behind by runners at the start line was collected by volunteers and donated to Goodwill. 
  • 10,091 pounds of leftover food was donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council staff monitored waste stations at the event to prevent contamination and help educate runners, volunteers, and spectators.
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