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The Greenest Greens in golf

Dundonald Links on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast has moved the “green” indoors by achieving the accolade of Zero Waste to landfill! The Club introduced their waste management policy in 2007 and since then has actively reduced, reused and recycled waste generated on site.

The Club’s environmental vision pledges their commitment to sustainable golf. Specifically, to reducing their carbon footprint, pursuing sustainable resources, whilst integrating the golf course with its natural surroundings by promoting and enhancing bio diversity.

“Dundonald’s achievement in getting to a position of zero waste to landfill demonstrates what can be done to minimise golf’s impact on the environment. Waste management is one of the key issues regarding the game’s social responsibility.  Hopefully, the efforts at Dundonald will inspire others to investigate how they can move towards zero waste to landfill.”               

Steve Isaac, The R&A

The zero waste achievement has been reached through the dedication and teamwork of staff who are not only recycling card, paper, plastics, scrap metal, food, timber and green waste, but have gone the extra mile using inert soil to construct a sandbank for nesting migrant Sand Martin birds. They have also created habitats for pollinating insects and invertebrates, established wetlands, whilst maintaining a stunning championship links golf course.

“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. The combined efforts of the Club and the William Tracey Group has taken us one step closer to our goal of sustainable golf.

We believe we are the first links golf club to have achieved zero waste and hope that we can act as inspiration to other clubs in creating a waste free, friendly environment for golfers and wildlife.”

Guy Redford, Director of Golf

Dundonald Links, which is owned by Loch Lomond Golf Club, is one of the UK’s top golf courses and has hosted the European Tour Qualifying School, the 2009 Glenmuir PGA Professionals Championship and the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. In 2012 the Club will host the British Senior Open Championship Qualifying in July.

“The team at Dundonald Links are well briefed and extremely enthusiastic about recycling.  The William Tracey Group has also made improvements to the frequency of waste uplifts, reducing pick ups to lower cost and reduce the carbon footprint of transporting recyclate.”

Tom Horner, Account Manager, William Tracey Group

Dundonald Links will continue to achieve their environmental goals by communicating the recycling plan to staff and visitors to the course and through working closely with the William Tracey Group to keep up to date with the latest waste legislation and recycling innovations.