Sunday, 7 January 2018

Blue And A Little Bit Green

A few weeks ago I really started to notice how any single use items and therefore how much waste was generated at football matches - beer "glasses", coffee cups, wrappers for pies, trays holding chips, packets of crisps, chocolate bars etc. Yesterday we saw things to cheer us a little bit when we went to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. 



First of all getting to the match, it's a 25 minute walk from the centre of Manchester with a well lit designated walking route, there are bike racks at the stadium for those choosing to cycle. The stadium has its own metrolink (tram) station for easy access, and although prices have recently increased it's a fairly inexpensive way to travel, we paid £2.80 each return to the park and ride, parking was free. There are also plenty of buses back into the city centre. 

The stadium (designed by Arup) was built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games and converted to a football ground the following year. Anyway, there are all manner of nods to sustainability.



This tube and drain are part of the rainwater harvesting system (and as we know, Manchester is no stranger to rain!), all water collected is reused around the campus (the stadium itself and the academy next door). There are also air source heat pumps and lighting is now LED. If you're interested there's more to read about it in this article. There is even talk of generating energy too see here . My suggestion would be to use the labour of people climbing the steps up the their seats, we were up on the top tier. 




I didn't really start thinking about this until we got inside (or I would have done more research) but I noticed something written on the side of the drinking glasses 


via huhtamaki.com
The products used in the concourse bars are compostable, recyclable or biodegradable. As well as these drinking vessels chips were served in a paper cup (I wasn't able to investigate these but I think they're the same brand) or in a sack - not only is a sack of chips an amazing thing and gets the thumbs up from me, but it was actually a paper sack, not a plastic tray.



And those all important bins to make waste disposal a little bit easier. It was great to see so many little things in place, obviously it's easier for a new stadium to implement this kind of scheme but it was great to see it, even though most people would never ever notice. 




16 comments:

  1. This makes me happy to see this. It shows with forward thinking this country can turn things around and make a difference. :)

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    1. It was really good to see, especially at such a large event. No-one had any issue with disposing of things in the right place too, no problems at all.

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  2. We just got a massive stafoum in Minnesota and I doubt they did any of this. What a waste as they could have done the same.

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    1. Things like the rainwater collection are just such a part of the design it's only noticeable if you know what it's for. So good to see the owner (Manchester City Council) and the tenant (MCFC) working well.

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  3. That all sounds very encouraging, and something I'd be a little excited about too. Shame about the match result. X

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    1. It's an excellent place to visit.

      I had a brilliant time despite the result, non stop singing!

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  4. After some of the recent articles on the news it's great to see how one large organisation is handling some of the issues. Jx

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    1. I know what you mean, it's easy to think individuals aren't making a difference but when organisations are doing a bit too it makes things seem more worthwhile.

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  5. That's amazing, uplifting to see so many initiatives implemented.

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    1. They're a big club with lots of money so it's good they're showing some responsibility too.

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  6. Excellent! I was horrified to hear that there will be 750k plastic water bottles handed out at the London Marathon this year again. So fab to see photos of the Man City ground/ Our son is a massive City fan and we've paid for him to do the stadium tour for his Christmas present. It gives me an idea of what he'll be seeing when he goes. Arilx

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    1. Wow, that's a lot of plastic!

      I hope your son enjoys his stadium tour, it's a great place to visit - very different to Burnley!

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  7. I love spotting small innovations in relation to being sustainable. It does lift the spirits. If only packaging in the supermarkets could change and stop wrapping everything in plastic. I'd be very happy. I realise I have a choice whether or not I shop there, but I'm a slave to convenience lately and need to pay more attention, especially now we're more responsible for utilising our own recycling waste in the UK.

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    1. You're right, it is so heartening to see an organisation doing their bit.

      I know what you mean about supermarkets, as I've said before we don't have a market here so virtually all my shopping is from a supermarket, other than if we're visiting somewhere.

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  8. Being a true blue family I'm very proud that Man City are doing their bit for the environment. I've started to think a lot about plastic waste lately, I think Sky News have a lot to answer for that in a good way. Went to the supermarket last week and bought a cucumber wrapped in a plastic bag only to open it and find it was also covered in shrink wrap type plastic - totally unnecessary. xx

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  9. That's so frustrating with veg, especially when it's something like half a cucumber.

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