EA issues guidance on ‘kicking plastics out of sport’

The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a campaign calling on sport organisations across the country to ramp up efforts to tackle plastic waste.

The regulator has issued sports clubs with advice about reducing avoidable plastic waste at events at stadiums and venues across England.

Suggested measures in the guidance include introducing water refill stations, minimising food packaging and providing more recycling bins.

The guidance also signposts people to the Big Plastic Pledge website – a global campaign founded by Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing champion Hannah Mills that aims to tackle the issue of plastic waste and eradicate single-use plastic in sport.

Mills said: “By harnessing and unifying communities by the power and reach of sport, through the athletes, events, fans, volunteers and brands, the lasting impact is almost unimaginable.

“I encourage everyone to make a pledge to reduce their single-use plastic consumption via the Big Plastic Pledge.”

Through the guidance, sports groups can also find out about how to challenge suppliers, the waste hierarchy and the life cycle of plastic products.  

The guidance can be viewed here

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