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Wimbledon Food Waste Sent For Anaerobic Digestion

Food waste generated at the recent Wimbledon tennis championships is to be sent to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, Bioenergy News reports. Kitchen waste that cannot be redistributed will be sent for AD to produce compost for agriculture and horticultural purposes.


The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) is committed to green and sustainable practices. Its lawnmowers are powered by sustainable electricity, garden waste is repurposed into flower bed mulch, motion sensor lighting is used to reduce energy consumption, and plant-based cream and ice cream are served with the strawberries.


All non-recyclable waste from the Wimbledon championships is sent for energy recovery, rather than going to landfill. To highlight their sustainable practices, the AELTC launched their first Environment Day on July 1.


Hattie Parks, AELTC sustainability manager, said: “It’s a big day for us, our first Environment Day, and we hope that we can shine a spotlight on the climate challenge. We’re teaming up with the Met Office, BBC and the COP26 team to talk about what people can do to protect the environment.”


Parks added: “Sport, tennis, we’re not immune to climate change. Heat will be an issue in the future. Tennis players are increasingly aware and we hope that today we can encourage people to think about how to use their voice to raise awareness and champion the cause and get everyone involved.”


A new clothing range, The Wimbledon Collection, features an outfit made almost entirely from polyester fibres reclaimed from discarded plastic bottles. The club has also pledged that from next year, 99 per cent of the fabric used in the entire performance wear collection will be made from recycled sources.


The current Championship merchandise colour scheme has been symbolically changed from its traditional purple and green to bright blue, to represent the oceans and draw attention to sustainable practices.


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