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udsSports is an innovative sus- tainable drainage system from Thornton Sports which has been

designed as a substitute for the piped drainage scheme traditionally used at sports facilities. Consisting of specially designed light-

weight interlocking plastic units, the system has been developed for sites that experience water management issues, heavily sloping ground levels or rainwa- ter harvesting requirements. Its flexible nature allows the system to be installed as a full ‘blanket’ underneath a pitch, or as conduits, to potentially offer a cost-effective alternative to a traditional drainage system.

The system is based on an inter-locking system that has a number of eco-friendly elements

The units are installed as a strong inter-

locking system, designed to provide both lateral and vertical restraint between adjacent units. It has been designed with sustainability in mind and has a number of eco-friendly features. Made out of re- cycled – and recyclable – materials, it has in-built rainwater harvesting and ensures greenfield run off rates aren’t exceeded.

There’s no need for a macadam layer, avoiding any contamination legacy. The system is ideal for surface projects

with high susceptibility to flooding, ab- normal ground conditions, sloping levels and ineffective water management. KEYWORD Thornton Sports


lmwood Golf Club in Cupar, Fife, has been awarded golf’s international ecolabel – GEO

Certification. The club, built on pre- viously fertile agricultural land, has established itself as not just a golf club but also a training centre and a centre of excellence for sustain- ability in golf. The sought-after GEO Certified

ecolabel is awarded to courses which work through the free OnCourse sustainability support programme, and fulfil comprehen- sive criteria covering nature; water; energy; supply chains; environmen- tal quality and communities. Some of the practical measures

undertaken at Elmwood include the creation of more than 2ha (4.9 acres) of new ecological grasslands; the reuse of artificial turf from St Andrews University sports pitches; and the use of timer-controlled lighting for driving range and car park. The club also has established an outreach programme for local school children.


A new industry road map, entitled Zero Waste Events: a 2020 vision, has been launched for the sports events sector. The scheme has the goal of no waste being sent to landfill from UK events by the end of the decade. The challenge will be significant –

the events sector is very complex and comprises thousands of operators of all sizes. It supports around 25,000 busi- nesses and some 500,000 full time jobs. It has a significant impact on the economy, with a current value of £36bn – projected to rise to £48bn by 2020. The industry, however, could maximise the opportunities afforded by reducing waste to its advantage. While some of the sector has achieved

as much as a 50 per cent recycling rate for events, most are averaging just 15 per cent, with a large amount of waste going direct to landfill. The new roadmap has been devel-

oped by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), collaborating with the events industry as part of its work on the European Pathway to Zero Waste (EPOW) project. The roadmap draws on lessons learned from the London 2012

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Olympic and Paralympic Games, creat- ing a series of steps that events and the industry can take to achieve sustainable events. The roadmap is the first stage in raising awareness of the positive impact which effective management of waste has on the delivery of events, both eco- nomically and environmentally. Specifically it sets out a clear vision for

how the industry can achieve zero waste to landfill from the events sector by 2020. It also challenges the industry to consider how it can work more in part- nership across the whole supply chainw and highlights the steps that need to be considered when preparing for and de- livering a zero waste event. Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP, said:

“The London 2012 Olympics showed just what could be achieved by a clear commitment, by preventing waste and managing it sustainably. “Making waste prevention part of an

event’s plan delivers significant savings for businesses large and small. It will ben- efit all, from local community activities up to large scale UK events like the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. The events industry road- map was developed to support business growth by managing resources efficient- ly. It’s a simple vision, but it’s only by the industry individually and collectively taking on the challenge, that it can be realised.” Details:

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