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Waste Reduction and Recycling

National Schools’ Regatta is committed to further reducing waste production and improving recycling opportunities at the 2019 Regatta.

Your support of the NSR Waste Reduction and Recycling initiative in 2018 #PushingforaCLeanSweep resulted in:

  • an overall reduction of rubbish sent to landfill of 43%
  • three skips of rubbish sorted for recycling rather than landfill
  • nine 1200 litre tanks of water provided by sponsor Charles Stanley drunk dry!
  • saving the equivalent of 25,000 single-use plastic bottles

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Once again we are calling on everyone, coaches, competitors, parents, and NSR volunteers to help us reduce waste and let us have a clean sweep for NSR2019.

Please do:

  • Bring reusable water bottles filled with water.   There will be static tanks to top up your drinking water but bring some water with you.
  • Bring big filled water containers for cooking. 
  • Embrace Tupperware!  Only bring what you intend to eat and take the rest home!  Everyday we throw away mountains of uneaten sandwiches and other prepackaged food that has not even been opened.

Please don’t:

  • Bring single use bottles.   250kg, is the amount of plastic that enters the world’s oceans every second.  There will be plastic recycling bins on site for those unavoidable use of plastic. 
  • Throw away unwanted food.  Please take it home with you. 
  • Throw plastic bottles into the water.  We find them every year.  

Of course we are not alone in the rowing community concerned by the environmental impact of our sport.  There are scores of clubs and schools looking at ways to keep our water clean and free from rubbish. FISA and World Rowing are raising awareness about the stewardship of our waterways where ever we row. They have allied with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to tackle this important issue.  Please see the link below for further information.