Chelsea Football Club is strengthening its commitment to the environment and has pledged to reduce waste at its stadium and training ground.
More than 80% of its commingled waste collected from Stamford Bridge is recycled and is sent away to a recycling depot in west London. Waste is also collected from Chelseas training ground in Elmbridge, Surrey and taken to a site run by Sita UK.
Speaking to MRW communications and public affairs director Simon Greenberg said CFC is planning to cut their carbon emissions down within two years.
He said: Our ultimate aim is to be as environmentally friendly as we can be. But we will not dictate to people to tell them what to do. We will not tell players to buy a particular type of car, for example.
We systematically collect waste from our stadium and training ground. We recycle 85% of our waste and we are looking to improve on that. We are looking to increase our paper, cardboard, and lighting collection. We are going to introduce biodegradable bags at our megastore soon as well.
Greenberg said that CFC is hoping to engage with supporters to home in on the environmentally friendly aspect of their lives and encourage them to recycle. He said as a public organisation CFC has a role to be as green as possible and that recycling was an important part of their corporate social responsibility programme not just cheap public relations.
CFC has recently signed up to the Mayor of Londons Green 500 project (see MRW story). It is aimed at large organisations to reduce their carbon emissions.
Greenberg added that most CFC players had modern houses and lived in Elmbridge which has a sophisticated recycling policy so players would be more inclined to recycle.