Food waste generated at Wimbledon championships sent for AD

Food waste from the Wimbledon tennis championships will be sent to an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility.

Highlighted as part of Wimbledon’s Environment Day on 1 July, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) said that the event provides the 'ideal place' to show people how to go green and to inform people about sustainable measures.

Lawn mowers at Wimbledon are powered by renewable electricity; garden waste collected throughout the year is used to create mulch to reduce the need to water flower beds; motion sensor lighting helps to reduce energy consumption, and plant-based cream and ice cream are used to accompany the traditional strawberries.

No waste from the Wimbledon championships goes to landfill. Non-recyclable waste is sent for energy recovery to produce electricity for the National Grid. Additionally, kitchen waste that cannot be redistributed is sent for AD, which produces compost for agriculture and horticultural purposes.

“It’s a big day for us, our first Environment Day, and we hope that we can shine a spotlight on the climate challenge,” said Hattie Parks, AELTC sustainability manager, on 1 July.

“We’re teaming up with the Met Office, BBC and the COP26 team to talk about what people can do to protect the environment.

“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.”

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