Waste Management Encourages March Madness Fans in Michigan to Keep Brackets Out of the Trash

Green Ideas Can Keep Tons of Paper Out of Landfills This Tournament Season

Mar 16, 2011, 14:00 ET from Waste Management of Michigan

WIXOM, Mich., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's tempting to crumple your NCAA Tournament bracket and launch a three-pointer into your waste basket once the upsets begin and you've gone bust. But this year, Waste Management of Michigan is asking college hoops fans to think green during tournament time.

Every year, Waste Management sees an influx of trash during March Madness, including those busted brackets. Luckily, it's easier than you may think to make a difference and recycle.

Here are some simple ideas that help fans reduce waste and be green:

  • The easiest way is to avoid printing your brackets in the first place. Many websites now offer interactive options to pick your teams without ever having to print. In addition, you can often save "printable" brackets onto your desktop and then track your favorite teams electronically.
  • If you must print your brackets, make sure it's on recycled paper. Use the reverse side of a proposal, term paper or calendar and print your bracket on that. Print only in black ink to be greener. Once the tournament is over or your bracket is busted, recycle it.

"Filling out a bracket is one of the most enjoyable ways to participate in March Madness," said Waste Management Vice President of Midwest Public Affairs Tom Horton. "You may never hit the game-winning shot in an NCAA Championship game, but you can still be a hero by using some simple green ideas during tournament season."

A few simple steps now will help you recycle more and keep additional items out of landfills. Many Waste Management communities across the area offer recycling programs that allow you to put your printed or newspaper brackets in bins with cans, bottles, plastics and more. To find out what can be recycled in your area or for more information on recycling, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreenfromhome.com.


Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company's customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreenfromhome.com.

SOURCE Waste Management of Michigan