BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Partners with Waste Management to Make Tourney Greener

GREENVILLE, S.C. - 04/27/2010

Waste Management, Inc. is donating 10 solar powered waste and recycling compactors for the upcoming BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament it was announced today.

These state-of-the-art solar powered compactors will be placed in high traffic areas to help the tournament more efficiently manage the waste and recyclables generated by spectators. About the same size of a standard 35-gallon waste receptacle, each compactor provides five times the capacity of the traditional model. When the unit reaches capacity, sensors trigger an internal solar powered compactor that flattens the contents, converting 180 gallons of waste into easy-to-collect bags. The units can also be equipped with a wireless system which signals that the unit is ready to be picked up. The compactors have been successfully installed in many cities and venues around the country. They cut the need for waste pickup by up to 80 percent, thereby reducing collection costs, fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions used during collections. The compactors also include receptacles for collecting recyclables such as plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

“We are pleased to partner with Waste Management in promoting environmental stewardship at one of South Carolina’s premier golf tournaments,” said Bobby Hitt, Chairman of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “BMW Manufacturing is one of the most innovative and forward thinking green companies in the world, having utilized solar trash compactors for years, using recycled landfill methane gas to power portions of its plant since 2002 and being the world’s first automotive green paint shop. Thanks to Waste Management, that will now carry over to the golf course,” said Hitt who also serves as Manager of Corporate Affairs at BMW Manufacturing Co.

“We are very proud to be a green partner of this year’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation,” said Bob Peeler with Waste Management. “Like BMW, Waste Management is a leader of corporate sustainability. For the past decade we have been working directly with BMW to supply them with methane gas from our facility in Spartanburg County as an alternative and renewable energy source. Our solar compactors are another example of how we are constantly looking for new ways to better manage waste in a sustainable manner.”

BMW Manufacturing Co. gained international recognition in 2002 when the automotive manufacturer first announced that it would use recycled landfill methane gas as an energy source in its automotive manufacturing facility. Today, 63 percent of BMW Manufacturing’s energy is provided by this renewable resource, Hitt said.

The 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 13-16, 2010, at Bright’s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first nine tournaments have raised nearly $7.3 million for 125+ area charities. The charities selected to benefit from the 2010 tournament are listed online at

For more information about the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, sponsorship opportunities, amateur playing spots or volunteer opportunities, call (864) 297-1660. You can also learn more about the tournament online at or by following the tournament on Facebook.

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, providing collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery and disposal services. Waste Management is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States with active operations and facilities located in South Carolina. We proudly employ approximately 500 employees in South Carolina and 45,000 employees nationwide. For more information about Waste Management visit: or

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