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Single-use plastics halved during golf tournament

A player tees off during the Butterfield Bermuda Championship (File photograph)

A sustainability initiative cut the number of single-use plastics during last year’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship in half.

A spokeswoman said the collaboration between tournament organisers and Aspen Insurance saved about 2,997 plastic water bottles each day of the event and approximately 11,998 throughout the four days.

She said four water stations placed throughout the Port Royal Golf Course and a uniform for staff and volunteers made from 90 per cent recycled water bottles made this reduction possible.

The spokeswoman added: “In addition, the event partnered with Recycle Bermuda to implement the TAG programme and Cerobin, a trash receptacle that allows recycled material and standard trash to be sorted at disposal.”

Danielle Carrera, the tournament director, said this initiative eliminated about half of single-use plastics at the event.

She highlighted the aim to further reduce plastic use within the next five years “by focusing on players and caddies”.

Ms Carrera added: “We hope to further our partnership with Clearwater Systems Bermuda and implement hydration stations on each tee box for players and caddies to enjoy.

“Furthermore, we are continuing our push to move to aluminium water bottles sold at concession stands, and are researching ways to properly dispose of materials that are not commonly recycled but can have a negative impact on the environment.”

During the tournament, 114 iron trash receptacles and more than 40 Cerobin bins were placed throughout the course, which resulted in more than 21 tonnes of burnable waste and one tonne of recyclables being collected.

The spokeswoman explained: “Vendors, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders actively learnt how to dispose of build materials that are required to make the event come to life. The storage and reuse of lumber, tent materials, mesh and signage have a positive impact on pollution associated with shipping.”

Five hundred reusable water bottles were provided daily at the tournament entrance gate to reduce single-use plastics.

The 2024 Butterfield Bermuda Championship will be held from November 14 to 17 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.

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Published May 22, 2024 at 4:45 pm (Updated May 22, 2024 at 5:49 pm)

Single-use plastics halved during golf tournament

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