Six ways to help with sporting waste…

sporting waste

Sporting waste can be a huge problem, particularly in a year with so many massive sporting events including Euro 2016, the Rio Olympics and Wimbledon to name a few. As well as the excitement these events create, they also create major waste problems.

 

Here are six ways in which experts believe we can improve sporting waste and its environmental footprint.

 

  1. Tackling food waste

Tackling food waste is a big step in improving sports environmental footprint. This would involve preventing waste from the onset by use of menu design and smaller portions. Companies also need to deal more effectively with the waste that is created. A big problem comes when people put non-degradable items in with food waste, it’s believed this problem can however be helped by highlighting the message of waste separation to the consumers.

 

  1. What food, if any, should be sold

It is key to consider issues such as food waste in relation to other environmental impacts. Sporting waste increases by the number of people attending the event but also by how they travel there and what they consume whilst at the event. 2kg of CO2 is created for every burger that is eaten at these types of events and that’s not even taking into consideration the making and selling of the burger to begin with. Perhaps less waste could be created if people were encouraged to bring their own food.

 

  1. Designing out waste

Expert Russell Seymore, founder and chair of the British Association for Sustainable Sport believes there is a failure to integrate sustainability at sporting venues. Ways in which some sporting venues have been able to integrate sustainability for example by recycling signage and minimising branding on items that could be used at future events.

 

  1. Involving everyone

The problems of sports waste needs to involve many organisations. It is essential that the hosting cities of these sporting events have the abilities to cope with the additional waste that will be created by these events. To do this these cities need to work closely with the appropriate companies in order to get the help they require.

 

  1. Forget sustainability lectures

The last thing sports fans want is to be lectured on recycling or about becoming more sustainable but instead we need to look at ways to embed sustainability throughout visitors’ time at the games, from travel arrangements to natural landscaping. Athletes have the ability to inspire amateur athletes to change their behaviour if it could enhance their performance.

 

  1. Build to last

A sports venue needs to be build with an end goal in mind whether it be that the venue is dismantled after its be used and the parts can then go on to be reused or if the venue is permanent then can it be adapted to be used for future events.

 

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