Once the London Olympics finally kick off tonight with Danny Boyle’s much-anticipated opening ceremony extravaganza, it will only be a matter of time before the sporting world’s most pressing Olympic questions are answered. Can U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps possibly outdo his historic Beijing performance? Will South African double amputee runner Oscar Pistorius win a medal? And will China finally surpass the United States in the overall medal count?
But there’s also a game within the game occurring—a decidedly green game.
In an attempt to win the moniker of “Greenest Olympics Ever,” and, you know, generally do right by the environment, the London games have pledged to send zero—yes, zero—waste to landfills.
To achieve this rather lofty eco-goal, all packaging used to put on the games will be color-coded to match color-coded trash bins. Most utensils—coffee cups, knives, forks—will be composted. Also, any non-recyclable items leftover after the games will be used to generate electricity.
London, you’re on the green clock.
Do you think the London Games can live up to its pledge of sending zero waste to landfills?
An Angelino by way of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Sal holds a Political Science degree from George Washington University. Though he began his career in sports, he's written about all things environment since 2007. @SalCardoni | Email Sal | TakePart.com