Warwick Racecourse is continuing its drive to be more environmentally friendly by introducing new eco-cups. Plastic cups are one of the largest plastic consumption lines at the racecourse and the introduction of eco-cups will significantly reduce this.
An eco-cup is an environmentally responsible cup that guests can reuse time and time again, either at the racecourse, at home, or at another establishment, helping to reduce the consumption of single-use-plastics.
The initiative is part of Warwick Town Council’s drive for the town to be plastic free by 2020. Warwick Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which is targeting zero waste to landfill by 2020. Currently, 74% of the Jockey Club’s waste is recycled and the remainder is sent to waste-to-energy.
Warwick is famous for its bars and restaurants, most recently winning ‘Best Fine Dining Experience’ at the National Racecourse Catering Awards. The first 500 adults through the turnstiles at the recent Winter Warmer Raceday were treated to a complimentary mulled wine, to get racegoers into the festive spirit.
Recycling boosted by using eco-cups
Ryan Bronger is the Green Champion for Jockey Club Catering at Warwick Racecourse and is responsible for driving down the environmental impact of the racecourse:
We do as much as we can to recycle all our waste on-site, and we’ve been on the lookout for products to help reduce our waste and the new eco-cups will go some way in reducing that.
The cups are hard-wearing and reusable.
We don’t want to put the onus on racegoers and detract from the raceday experience. So most of the work goes on behind the scenes, working closely with waste suppliers and reducing single-use plastics.
Andre Klein, General Manager at Warwick Racecourse, added:
There is nothing quite like a day at the races as winter settles in and it will be a great day of action on the track at Warwick too.
We’ve enjoyed a very successful start to the season at Warwick and we’re expecting another big day on November 21.
It’s a great opportunity to enjoy our cosy bars and restaurants and enjoy our hospitality offering in the warmth, before heading out to watch the horses races.