Professional golf club swings zero waste success

One of Scotland's top golf courses has achieved zero waste to landfill as part of its drive to make the sport more sustainable.


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Dundonald Links on the Ayrshire coast reached its goal through recycling numerous materials including card, paper, plastics, scrap metal, food, timber and green waste.

The club has also constructed a sandbank for nesting migrant birds using extra inert soil, as well as other habitats and wetlands for wildlife.

The company’s director of golf Guy Redford said he thought Dundonald was the first links golf club to reach zero waste and hopes it will inspire other clubs to follow suit.

“The commitment and teamwork from all the staff through the years has been tremendous. All staff training has been received in a positive manner and played an integral part in getting everyone on board,” he said.

Dundonald first introduced a waste management policy in 2007 and has worked with contractor William Tracey Group to actively reduce, reuse and recycle waste generated on site.

Benefits have included improving the frequency of waste uplifts, reducing pick-ups and the carbon footprint of transporting recyclate.

This July the golf club will host the British Senior Open Championship Qualifying event.

Maxine Perella

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