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The last straw for Sussex attraction

The UK’s largest mini golf attraction, located in Sussex, has reduced waste from its entire crazy golf and food attraction by a whooping 15%.  In addition, recycled waste at the Hastings attraction has increased by 157% in the last two years, with 2.8 tonnes more waste being recycled then in 2016.

Simon Tompkins, general manager, Hastings Adventure Golf said: “We analyzed the type and weight of waste that we have been generating and monitored the impact that each new supplier of non-plastic packaging has had on this. The evidence so far is phenomenal. Imagine if every business reduced its general waste by 15% in a year – it would have a tremendously effect on landfill sites.”

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Hastings Adventure Golf’s mission to eliminate single-use plastic and reduce general waste started three years ago.  By focusing on products that were most frequently used the crazy golf complex banished plastic straws and cups, replacing them with paper ones. It also changed to recyclable cardboard food containers and wooden cutlery, among other initiatives. Currently it is looking at introducing paper and plant-based water bottles.

Elvie Cotton, catering manager at Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “Initially it was difficult to source non-plastic items. Many manufacturers simply weren’t supplying alternatives. However, we persevered and found suppliers who could provide quality products with less packaging and with massively reduced use of plastics.

“What we have achieved so far has been phenomenal. We are happy to share our knowledge and alternative supplier network with others as part of the global effort to eliminate single use plastic.”

The Hastings Adventure Golf team is also planning a big beach clean in the Spring and will be encouraging its employees and customers to get involved.

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