Gloucestershire Cricket, which is based at the Bristol County Ground, dates back to 1870 and is famous for being one of the most successful one-day cricket sides in the country, being nicknamed the ‘one-day kings’ in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Since the turn of the decade, the club has focused on its sustainability efforts with the installation of electric charging points for cars to improve its environmental impact, installed 125 bike racks on site, replaced its old petrol mowers with electric ones, swapped its electricity supply to being only from renewable sources and changed its catering partner to Fosters Catering which specialises in quality, local food with a minimal carbon footprint.
The club’s partnership with Grundon is another significant landmark in its plans to go further with its sustainability ambitions.
The partnership has been agreed for three years and Grundon will work with the club to bolster its sustainability activities with a view to improving its environmental performance.
Grundon has supplied colour-coded ‘waste-wheelers’ to segregate waste streams including mixed recycling, glass, food waste and general waste, making it easy for visitors and employees to recognise what waste goes where, while taking steps to educate all those who use the ground on how best to dispose of its waste and boost recycling.
Grundon will provide skips for general, bulky, and green waste, further strengthening the efforts it is going to improve the Club’s waste output. Currently, waste pick-ups are being conducted on-demand and once national lockdown is over, Grundon will be making weekly collections, which will increase for specific events.
Grundon’s team of waste management experts will also conducting a full site audit at Gloucestershire Cricket.
Across the next three years, Grundon will evaluate all waste generated, both front and back of house. Working with the club, Grundon will use the findings of these audits to advise on alternative, cost-saving, and sustainable management of all waste. This will include looking at how waste can be reduced at source, the procurement of various materials, and packaging for products that can be easily recycled and, therefore, reduce the general waste.
Daniel Peacey, regional sales manager at Grundon Waste Management, said: “We are thoroughly excited to be Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s sustainability partner and we are very much looking forward to working with the team and supporting their continued efforts to be ‘greener’.
“We will be supporting Gloucestershire Cricket’s waste management and recycling at its events. One event we are thrilled to be supporting, when government guidelines allow, is the Cheltenham Cricket Festival which is hosted by Cheltenham College. As part of our plans, we will be implementing a waste management strategy, with the same waste streams that support the club day-to-day, ensure consistency for not only staff but their supporters too.”
Will Brown, Chief Executive at Gloucestershire Cricket, said: “Our efforts to be a leading sustainable and environmentally friendly Club have been really focused across the last couple of years; with this being a key pillar of the Club’s new strategy we plan to progress this even further with the support of Grundon as our sustainability partner.
“Grundon is an industry leader, and we can’t wait to see what we achieve together over the next three years. Our work with them will not only benefit the grounds but all our dedicated supporters and staff. It’s sector knowledge and continued waste management guidance will be an asset to the club’s future stake in becoming one the most environmentally considerate and sustainable cricket club in the UK.”