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Recycling high hit after Panthers game

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful recycled 48 percent of the garbage generated by tailgating fans during the Carolina Panthers game Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

The recycling figure was released today during a Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful board meeting.

With the help of fans, Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful volunteers bagged a season high of 3.25 tons of trash for recycling Sunday.

“For the size of the crowd, that’s great,” said Jake Wilson, senior environmental specialist for the Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency.

During the season home-opener Sept. 19 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2.97 tons of waste were recycled. Another 1.92 tons were recycled during the Sept. 26 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

During the 2009-10 season, volunteers and fans recycled more than 30 tons of bottles and cans, or more than 30 percent of the waste.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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