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National leisure and cultural trust vows to reduce plastic and coffee cup waste

In an attempt to recycle over 10 tonnes of non-reusable cups a year, National leisure and cultural trust vows to reduce plastic and coffee cup waste.

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Not-for-profit leisure trust, Freedom Leisure, which manages over 80 leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK, pledges its commitment to lowering plastic waste and increase recycling via its centres.

The operator has already put steps in place which will see around 200,000 plastic straws and pieces of plastic cutlery phased out of its centres over the coming months, while customers will be urged to, and supported with, the recycling of plastic bottles.

A scheme will also be implemented to reduce the number of single use coffee cups customers use, along with measures to ensure that as many as possible of those which are used, make it to one of the few recycling plants in the UK which can process and recycle them.

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director of Freedom Leisure says:

“We have to make this commitment now, it’s not easy or cost efficient but we can no longer shirk the responsibility and more importantly, we don’t want to! As a responsible, high-quality, community-focused and environmentally aware organisation we want to play our part in tackling this important issue.

“We have already taken actions to eradicate unnecessary plastic cutlery and straws from our centres, replacing them with more environmentally friendly options and more importantly, at much lower quantities. We will also embark on a project to support our customers with the recycling of plastic bottles, while actively encouraging refillable options. We removed plastic cups at water dispensers from all our gyms a while ago, and instigated a refillable only option which has worked well, receiving praise from users. Going forward we are also looking to drastically reduce the number of single use coffee cups; working with our customers to encourage the use of multi-use crockery and refillable travel cups.

“All such incentives inevitably come at a price to an organisation, both financial and labour, but we are committed to them and sincerely hope that our customers will support this move.”

Freedom Leisure states that customers will start to notice changes in the coming months and that all the while; they will continue to investigate ways to make other improvements wherever possible.

For enquiries email: hq@freedom-leisure.co.uk

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K2 Crawley launches new management partner with Olympic and Paralympic medallists

Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE and Paralympic Champion Katie-George Dunlevy were on hand to help launch the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council.

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The 14 November marked the start of the 10-year relationship which will see the award-winning leisure operator take over the management of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

Jackson hosted the day and shared his experiences of working as an Everyone Active Sporting Champions ambassador while Dunlevy shared details of her training at the centres in Crawley and winning Paralympic gold in Rio.

Jackson then set a series of gym challenges before cheering on pupils from Thomas Bennett Community College trying to beat the times set by the Olympian.

World record holder, Jackson, said:

“I was thrilled to be at the launch of the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council. It was a great day. I can’t wait to see the partnership progress in the future.”

Paralympic Champion, Dunlevy, said:

“The day went really well. I know that everyone is very positive about the relationship and the future. I know that everyone is really excited to get started.”

Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:

“This is a very exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough. The Council has already invested in improving centres to ensure people have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and we’re proud to have been chosen to deliver these across the community.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and helping them achieve their goal of providing a top quality service while building healthier communities by encouraging more people to get active.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will provide leisure users with a quality service and inspire more and more people to get involved in physical activities.”

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