Becky’s Blog: Reducing the amount of single-use plastic and being sustainable

A blog by Rebecca Elvin, Regional Operations Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse

Here at Cheltenham Racecourse, we have been working hard on our sustainability projects this summer.

The Jockey Club is committed to reducing its impact on the environment by reducing wastage and limiting the use of single-use disposable plastic containers.

Joining forces with the catering team, Cheltenham and the rest of The Jockey Club venues want to eliminate the use of single use plastics and promote recyclable and reusable cups and other reusable plastics where possible.

A focus group has begun an audit of all single-use plastics with short, medium and long-term objectives assigned for each item.

Not only that, initiatives are already in place and include plastic straws and stirrers being banned and biodegradable alternatives being introduced, but these are only provided on request.

No new stock of plastic straws have been ordered and concessions are also banned from using plastic straws.

The home team is also working hard and ensuring all electrical equipment not in use is turned off – whether that be our computers, printers or even our phone chargers.

Where possible we look to turn everything off at the plugs especially over a weekend and Bank Holidays.

We were thrilled to hear that Gloucestershire’s first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Sustainability category was awarded to Commercial Ltd of Cheltenham recently.

They are the sector leader in embedding sustainable processes into its business and those of its suppliers, employees and the public.

We were proud to host the Commercial Conference in June and we worked hard with them to measure the amount of waste the event generated and recycled as much as possible.

We hosted the CCP Cheltenham Challenge recently, a multi-terrain event offering 5km, 10km and half marathon distances and they did a terrific job to raise £23,000 for charity.

The Cheltenham Challenge shares our aspiration regarding waste and worked very hard on being a neutral event.

It continues to be a busy time for events at Cheltenham, which have included seeing the racecourse full of small ponies for a change.

We host the annual Pony Club Camp for the Cotswold Vale Farmers Branch and it is great to see future jockeys of all disciplines enjoying the open space and all the facilities.

If you are looking to host an event with a difference, get in touch with the team by calling 01242 539538 or emailing cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk to see what we can do for you.

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