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Waste Reduction and Recycling

National Schools’ Regatta is committed to reducing waste production and improving recyling opportunities at the 2018 Regatta.

We are looking at a number of ways to reduce our environmental impact and working hard to become the first UK bottled water free sports event!

Last year we produced over ten skips of rubbish and most of it went to landfill. 

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This year we are calling on everyone, coaches, competitors, parents, and NSR volunteers to help us reduce this waste and let us have a clean sweep for NSR2018.

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.  NSR rubbish last year included an estimated 20,000 single-use disposable plastic water bottles which, at 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.  (We are looking into a waste food donation scheme but that may not happen until 2019.)
  • 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.