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Environment Agency encourages community sports clubs to become sustainable

Environment Agency guidance encouraging people to kick plastics out of sport takes another step forward with the release of advice for community-driven clubs.

Leaflets focusing on the economic, social and environmental benefits of minimising plastic consumption are being launched at an international Green Sports Network event today (Wednesday December 15).

The network event brings together national governing bodies, community clubs, event organisers, and sports participants to exchange practical ideas and experiences to reduce the carbon footprint within community sport.

Environment Agency plastics and sustainability team project lead Hannah Amor said: “The new guidance is ideal for clubs that want to step up their green credentials. They can discover tips on sustainable kits swaps, reusable products, new sustainable club measures, and how to influence the adaptation of bathroom, kitchen and waste facilities to help reduce avoidable plastic consumption.

“These small changes can help communities tackle the climate emergency, potentially save money, and encourage other clubs to become sustainable role models in their community too.”

The guidance also encourages readers to sign up to the Big Plastic Pledge – a global campaign founded by Olympic gold medallist Hannah Mills which calls on sport representatives to ramp up efforts to tackle plastic waste.

The leaflets build on sports sustainability guidance for events and stadiums released in September by the Environment Agency.

The new guidance has been produced on behalf of the Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) project, a cross-Channel partnership of 18 expert organisations, which identifies and targets plastic hotspots, implements effective solutions and alternatives, and embeds behaviour change in local communities and businesses.