Finishing touches are being put on a deal to expand recycling at Memorial Stadium during Oriole games.
Officials at ARA Martins, the company that manages concessions at the ballpark and will do so at the new stadium, have been trying to recycle about 200,000 glass beer bottles emptied each season.
After an aborted attempt to reach an agreement with one recycling company, the city Office of Recycling said this week it had found another company willing to pick up the empty beer bottles and process them for re-use.
The new company working with the city, Environmental Recycling Concepts of eastern Baltimore County, began operating last fall and is eager for business. Details of the agreement with the city were still being worked out.
"I'm not going to turn anything down," said Michael Pivec, who owns Environmental Recycling with his wife, Barbara. The company employs a number of homeless and formerly homeless people.
Browning-Ferris Industries, which has the contract to collect recyclables from 20,000 city homes, had agreed to haul glass from the stadium for $39 per ton then decided against it, saying it was too much work for too little money. The city initially wanted Pivec's company to haul the stadium's glass at no charge, but officials later indicated they would pay the $39 fee to the new company.
John Hein of ARA Martins, who is overseeing the stadium's recycling effort, said ARA might not be ready to recycle glass until the third home game on April 19, but Pivec wants to begin with the bottles collected from the season opener on Monday.
Over the past five years, ARA has worked with a liquor distributor that hauls away about five tractor-trailer loads of crushed aluminum beer cans used during a season. Vendors who roam the stands hawking beer pour the suds into cups and keep the cans for recycling.