It is reported this morning that Croke Park is to further enhance its sustainibility credentials by banning the use of single use plastics in the stadium.
The change will begin to take effect next weekend as tea and coffee will be served in cups that are made from vegetable based plastics that can be disposed of in the organic stream of recyclables.
This is the lastest step in a long term journey towards sustainability which has been at the heart of Croke Park operations for a decade.
In 2015 they won the Sustainability Team of the Year at Ireland’s Green Awards. That was as a result of a series of initiatices from recycling to awareness and activities in the stadium operation through to elements of pitch maintenance.
At the time it was a fair reward for the fact that while the stadium produced 700 tonnes of waste in the previous year, the equivalent to 100 adult elephants, but that not one peanut sized amount of that had gone to landfill.
The campaign has spread out from Croke Park as well with Stars of Erin GAA Club in the Dublin Mountains adopting a policy last month to make their club the first in Ireland to be free of single-use plastic.
That campaign is driven by juvenile members in the club, a powerful force in ensuring that just because things were always done in a certain way that this would always be the way.
Croke Park is working on a number of different solutions with its caterers Aramark to ensure that all forms of nonrecyclable plastic are removed ahead of the end of this year and the start of the 2019 season at the Stadium.
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