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The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena successfully diverted more than 2,503,745 pounds of all waste from landfills throughout its 2022 slate of Hawks’ basketball games, concerts and ancillary events.

As part of this sum, the Downtown Atlanta venue recycled nearly one million pounds of materials (aluminum, cardboard, plastics, glass, etc.). Last April, the arena became the first sports and entertainment venue to become TRUE Platinum certified for zero waste. Achieving zero waste certification means diverting more than 90 percent of all waste from landfills and continuing to operate in a sustainable manner.

“We are so grateful for our fans, concertgoers and partners who have helped us continue setting a new standard in the sports and live entertainment industry and beyond,” said Hawks and State Farm Arena Head of Sustainability Sofi Armenakian. “For us, it has always been about consistency and intent behind the decisions that enable us to operate zero waste, and we are always looking for ways to continue innovating. As we all strive to be part of the solution, we know that together, we can continue diverting more waste from landfills, and we continue to ask fans to join us outside the walls of our venue on this forever journey to operate more sustainably in their daily lives.”

State Farm Arena’s zero waste operation accomplished the following in 2022:

  • Recycled nearly one million pounds of materials (998,260 pounds). This primarily included aluminum, plastics, cardboard, glass and more.
  • Composted 734,775 pounds of food and organic material. Any food that could not be donated was composted. Composting is the natural process of turning organic matter, such as food and compostable service ware, into a valuable fertilizer used by local farmers.
  • Reused or donated 610,656 pounds of materials like food, electronics, clothing, crates, pallets and more.
  • Reduced annual waste by 160,054 pounds by eliminating paper tickets, individual condiment packets, disposable service ware and more.
  • All material diverted from the landfill in 2022 totaled more than two-and-a-half million pounds.

Since the summer of 2021, the Hawks and State Farm Arena have worked closely with Novelis to continue encouraging fans to recycle. The partnership has focused on promoting sustainability, responsible recycling and a circular economy.

At the end of last year, the Hawks and Novelis unveiled “Full Court Press,” a sculpture made up of nearly 404 pounds of upcycled aluminum cups and cans in the shape of the primary Hawks logo, located on the Terrace level by the Gate 2 entrance at the award-winning venue.

To learn more about how the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena are leading the way in sustainability efforts across the sports and entertainment industry, visit StateFarmArena.com/sustainability.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.