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Golf tournament aims for ‘vast reduction’ in single-use plastics

Organisers of the Bermuda Butterfield Championship have pledged to vastly reduce single-use plastics (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Bermuda Butterfield Championship is again partnering with a major insurance company to vastly reduce single-use plastics during the event.

The collaboration with Aspen will also include support from Keep Bermuda Beautiful and Recycle Bermuda, part of the Waste Management section of the Ministry of Public Works.

A spokeswoman for the championship said organisers are aiming for a “vast reduction” in single-use plastics.

“Water stations positioned throughout the golf course will enable attendees to refill their own water bottles,” she said. “Aspen will be providing 500 reusable water bottles per day at the entrance gate to help raise awareness and minimise the use of single-use plastic.

“In addition, the volunteer headquarters is reducing its plastic waste by providing reusable water bottles to all Butterfield Bermuda Championship volunteers and removing all disposable plastic water bottles from circulation.

“Concession stands will also serve drinks in reusable cups rather than disposable plastic.”

Bermuda Sands will provide an environmentally friendly uniform for event volunteers and staff made from 90 per cent recycling water bottles.

Cerobins, reusable landfill, recycling and organic bins will be used at the site to encourage on-site recycling, with the bins offering separate receptacles for waste and recyclables, and KBB and Recycle Bermuda will carry out waste audits to monitor the sorting process.

While the event has already introduced digital tickets, guides and maps, this year’s event will include digital invitations and parking passes to further reduce waste.

An impact report will also be carried out after the tournament to provide data about the overall environmental impact of the event.

Traci Burgess, the KBB executive director, said: “With large events such as this, it is critical that organisers, vendors, spectators and players take responsibility to reduce the amount of waste generated, promote reusable products and encourage recycling.

“KBB is delighted to partner again with the Butterfield Bermuda Championship and Aspen. We learnt many good lessons from last year's inaugural sustainability partnership and as a result have implemented additional steps to ensure the tournament is even more environmentally friendly.”

A spokesman for Aspen added: “A continued partnership with KBB will help to ensure that areas of Bermuda impacted directly by the tournament are kept in the state they were found and that the Butterfield Bermuda Championship leaves no trace.

“These areas include the ferry docking station, Whale Bay beach, Munro Beach Cottages beach and Pompano. The tournament staff is scheduled to partake in beach clean-ups to help maintain the coastline and areas of impact in Bermuda.”

The 2023 tournament will be held from November 9 to 12 at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.

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Published September 12, 2023 at 11:36 am (Updated September 12, 2023 at 8:05 pm)

Golf tournament aims for ‘vast reduction’ in single-use plastics

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