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Many bottles were collected after one day at the Edmond Soccer Club. Many bottles were collected after one day at the Edmond Soccer Club.
Players are refilling water bottles to help conserve and create less waste. Players are refilling water bottles to help conserve and create less waste.

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro soccer club has created a one of a kind going green project and its players hope they will set an example for other Oklahomans.

There will be over 10,000 people at the Beat the Heat soccer tournament in the next few weeks and that means a lot of plastic bottles.

"My son approached me and he's the one who pushes and hounds me about recycling," said Lance Stewart, the complex coordinator for the Edmond Soccer Club.

Stewart and the Edmond Soccer Club have been kicking around the idea for some time and they asked the city to team up for this recycling project.

Stewart said 60 percent of their trash are water and sports bottles and with each game or practice, the waste adds up pretty quickly.

"It makes more sense environmentally. It makes more sense these days with the green movement to make an effort to cut down the amount of trash going into the landfill," said Jim Bowlin the director of Edmond Parks and Recreation.

There are now 25 blue recycling buckets at Service Blake Park.

"I think they should keep it for awhile," said soccer player Andrew Alredge."I think it's really helping because I notice the place is a lot cleaner."

Players have one goal in mind-- to reduce, reuse and recycle.

"I refill my water bottle so I don't have to keep buying new ones to help," said Alredge.

They want to prevent plastics from piling up into a potential problem.

"Not only can we affect our local community, maybe we can spread the idea throughout the state and maybe throughout the region, so we're quite excited about that," said Stewart.

KickingBird Tennis Center and Golf Club are two other sites that carry recycling bins.

The city's waste management will be doing its first pickup on Wednesday.

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