We are committed to lowering plastic waste and increase recycling via our centres in an attempt to recycle over 10 tonnes of non-reusable cups a year.
We have already put steps in place which will see around 200,000 plastic straws and pieces of plastic cutlery phased out of its centres over the coming months, while customers will be urged to, and supported with, the recycling of plastic bottles.
A scheme will also be implemented to reduce the number of single use coffee cups customers use, along with measures to ensure that as many as possible of those which are used, make it to one of the few recycling plants in the UK which can process and recycle them.
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure says: “We have to make this commitment now, it’s not easy or cost efficient but we can no longer shirk the responsibility and more importantly, we don’t want to! As a responsible, high-quality, community-focussed and environmentally aware organisation we want to play our part in tackling this important issue.
“We have already taken actions to eradicate unnecessary plastic cutlery and straws from our centres, replacing them with more environmentally friendly options and more importantly, at much lower quantities. We will also embark on a project to support our customers with the recycling of plastic bottles, while actively encouraging refillable options. We removed plastic cups at water dispensers from all our gyms a while ago, and instigated a refillable only option which has worked well, receiving praise from users. Going forward we are also looking to drastically reduce the number of single use coffee cups; working with our customers to encourage the use of multi-use crockery and refillable travel cups.
“All such incentives inevitably come at a price to an organisation, both financial and labour, but we are committed to them and sincerely hope that our customers will support this move.”
Customers will start to notice changes in the coming months and that all the while; they will continue to investigate ways to make other improvements wherever possible.
We have to make this commitment now, it’s not easy or cost efficient but we can no longer shirk the responsibility and more importantly, we don’t want to! As a responsible, high-quality, community-focused and environmentally aware organisation we want to play our part in tackling this important issueIvan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director