Action plan gets results

Last updated 16:48 30/01/2014

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Following our column last week, which encouraged event promoters and organisers to run a waste-conscious event this summer, we were very pleased to see that this month's New Zealand Festival of Tennis set a great example by doing just that.

The high profile festival, held in the first two weeks of January, reduced its environmental footprint by working with the Glass Packaging Forum and LOVENZ to actively ensure that the event would be sustainable.

The waste minimisation action plan included encouraging spectators to recycle their containers and packaging, and the results were fantastic.

Overall, a massive 26 tonnes were recycled, which is a 57 per cent recycling rate across both tennis tournaments.

This recycling consisted of:

14.5 tonnes of mixed recyclables.

7.9 tonnes of glass bottles.

3.8 tonnes of cardboard.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the recycling programme at the tennis was that the event's title sponsor, Heineken, was a key proponent in ensuring that the event would be sustainable. Committing to sustainability as part of their sponsorship activities is important to their brand and provides a great example for other event sponsors.

For more information, contact your local Environment Centre or council.

* To contact Wastebusters email southlandwastebusters@gmail.com

 

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- The Southland Times

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