Keith Karbo to Present LPGA Volvik Championship, Schupan Recycling Efforts at Green Alliance Sports Summit

ANN ARBOR–Schupan Recycling, a national leader in the recycling industry headquartered in Michigan, and Keith Karbo, Tournament Director for the LPGA Volvik Championship, are teaming up again. This time Karbo will be front and center representing the LPGA tournament in a panel discussion and presentation about sustainability in golf at the Green Alliance Sports Summit currently underway in Sacramento, California (June 27-29).

“We are honored to be included in the Green Sports Alliance program this year,” said Karbo. “When we created the LPGA Volvik Championship, we wanted to create a new standard for best practices. We’re incredibly proud of what Schupan Recycling and the tournament have accomplished and look forward to growing the sustainability program in the years to come.”

One of Schupan Recycling’s major efforts has been to increase waste diversion, integrating sustainable business practices and lessening the environmental impact of the tournament and highlights the growing importance of sustainability in sports. The LPGA Volvik Championship is a perfect partner.

“In the first two years of LPGA Volvik Championship, we achieved a 32 percent (28 percent in 2016, 39 percent in 2017) diversion rate,” said Jessica Loding, Events Coordinator for Schupan Recycling. “That means 22 percent of the material produced at the two events was diverted from the landfill through recycling and compost programs.

“In easy to understand numbers that means 6.4 tons of recycled and composted material equals more than 12,000 pounds of waste that did not go into a landfill.”

Schupan Recycling collected (two-year totals):

  • 2,242 pounds of plastic
  • 641 pounds of aluminum and tin
  • 6,028 pounds of cardboard
  • 272 pounds of scrap metal
  • 1,270 pounds of paper
  • 2,134 pounds of food waste
  • 109 pounds of plastic film
  • 245 pounds of glass

“We will continue to work with Schupan Recycling to improve our efforts to develop an even stronger green event,” added Karbo. “Hopefully our presentation and attendance at the  Green Alliance Sports Summit will give the attendees a better understanding of what we do and that we can come away with some ideas to make our event even greener.”

About Schupan Recycling

Schupan Recycling is the nation’s largest independently owned processor and marketer of used beverage containers and has been named 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies. We are an endorsed supplier from the Sustainable Event Alliance. Over the last nine years, Schupan Events Recycling has been providing events, venues and communities sustainability solutions since 2008.  In nine years, we have worked with over 223 organizations and diverted 246 tons of material from the landfill. For more information about Schupan Events Recycling or press inquiries, please contact Jessica Loding at or 269-998-8010.

About LPGA Volvik Championship

The LPGA Volvik Championship was developed from the desire to create a professional sports event that would benefit the local community, support charity, and grow the economy. The second annual tournament was once again held in Ann Arbor at Travis Pointe Country Club from May 22-28, 2017.

A total of more than 60,000 spectators have attended the two events. The golf tournament is internationally televised in over 150 countries and creates a $20 million economic impact for southeast Michigan. The event played through Memorial Day weekend, raises awareness for charities, including those that benefit military families.

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