Race-goers at Ripon Races are being praised for their efforts to recycle waste at the popular track.
At the start of the 2019 flat season, ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse, in partnership with Yorwaste, introduced new colour-coded waste and recycling bins for the first time.
This means that people can now put their waste in dedicated containers, which makes it easier to recycle. So, for example, newspapers and race cards are put in paper and cardboard containers.
And, in response to the global need to ensure plastic is disposed of correctly so it doesn’t end up in the world’s oceans, plastic wine bottles and plastic glasses for wine, beer and champagne can now also be put in one container.
Along with bins for glass and general waste, this means that any waste generated at the racecourse is now either recycled or recovered, meaning no waste is going to landfill.
Carl Tonks, Head Groundsman at Ripon Racecourse, has praised the efforts of racegoers when it comes to disposing of their waste.
“We’re very pleased with the new waste and recycling procedures introduced by Yorwaste and their success is down to the support of people who come racing at Ripon,” he said.
“We get thousands of people at our race meetings, so it’s fantastic to see our visitors being so diligent when disposing of their waste.
“We are always striving to lower our carbon footprint and recycling more waste and recovering the rest is just one of the ways we are doing this.”
Matthew Pearson, Yorwaste’s Head of Commercial Operations, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Ripon Races and working in partnership, we have been looking at ways to make it easier for people to recycle their waste on race days.
“We introduced dedicated, colour-coded containers for the first time this year and as we near the end of the flat racing season, it’s clear it has been a success.
“As a local company employing local people, we understand our duty to protecting the environment and that’s why we take a recycling-led approach to waste management, so any glass, plastic, paper and card we collect is taken away for reprocessing back into their original states.
“Any waste which is not recyclable is taken to Allerton Waste Recovery Park near Ripon, where it is converted into electricity which is fed back into the National Grid.
“This means that none of the waste generated at the racecourse is sent to landfill, demonstrating Ripon Races and Yorwaste’s commitment to finding environmentally friendly waste solutions.”