Infineon Raceway has reaffirmed its position as an industry leader in recycling, collecting more than 67 tons of materials during the 2010 Big O Tires Racing Season.  

The raceway partnered with the Conservation Corps North Bay to collect 135,017 pounds of materials during the 2010 season, which included the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series and AMA Pro Road Racing event weekends. The raceway has collected more than 208 tons of materials (417,934 pounds) since the inception of its recycling program in 2004.

“One of the most obvious and effective steps we can take in maintaining a sustainable business operation is to ensure the tremendous volumes of packaging and other materials that come through this facility find their way into the recycling stream,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. “We don’t get 100%, but that’s our goal and we’re pushing hard.”

Below is a breakdown of the recycling totals from 2010:

  • Aluminum: 2,384 pounds
  • Glass: 9,209 lbs.
  • Plastics: 9,594 lbs.
  • Single stream overages: 37,210 lbs.
  • Metal debris: 12,740 lbs.
  • Cardboard: 49,880 lbs.
  • Tires: 14,000 lbs.

Infineon Raceway also works with Safety-Kleen to recycle used oil products at its NASCAR and NHRA events. Safety-Kleen refines more than 200,000 gallons of used motor oil each year at racing events and a total of 200 million gallons of used motor oil from customers throughout North America.

Infineon Raceway’s recycling efforts are part of a larger sustainability platform, which was officially launched in November through a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America. The partnership includes a solar installation system that will provide for 41-percent of the raceway's overall energy use, as well as a dual-sided, solar-powered LED board that will replace the current board, which sits on Highway 37 outside the raceway. PG&E provided a comprehensive energy audit of the raceway in 2010 and continues to be involved, offering energy-efficient alternatives to the raceway.

The facility will also feature clean-racing technologies on the racetrack at some of its major events in 2011, including the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15. For the second year, the weekend will feature the TTXGP U.S. Championships, which showcases the best in electric motorcycle racing. The raceway also hopes to host a green performance summit for industry leaders at its INDYCAR event in August.

For more information about Infineon Raceway’s sustainability efforts, visit www.infineonraceway.com/sustainability.

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