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Phillies and Phil encourage recycling at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies won't just start defending their World Series title come Opening Night, they also will try to make it consecutive seasons of purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.

The Phillies won't just start defending their World Series title come Opening Night, they also will try to make it consecutive seasons of purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.

That's just part of the "Red Goes Green" initiative announced yesterday during a media gathering to unveil new food items, merchandise and promotions at Citizens Bank Park.

Global Spectrum, Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies also want to increase recycling of cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum from 15 percent to 20 to 25 percent this season.

Waste Management's Phil the Can, a robot dressed as a Phillies player, will return for his second year to encourage fans to help the team reach that number. A Phillies employee uses a controller to direct the robot around the ballpark while Phil talks to fans about the benefits of recycling.

To achieve their recycling goal, the Phillies emphasized they won't just need help from the fans, but that the increase in recycling tonnage has to come from within. Currently, the Phillies' staff is undertaking efforts to include DC batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, scrap metal, vinyl material and carpeting/flooring material. Barstools already have been refurbished by recycling upholstery. *

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