Tennis Canada Executing On Plan To Make ATP/WTA Rogers Cup Very Eco-Friendly
Tennis Canada over the last decade has looked to make the ATP/WTA Rogers Cup "one of the most eco-responsible events" in the country, and the governing body "partnered with Recyc-Québec two years ago to help make things even more eco-friendly," according to Kevin Mio of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. The 200,000 spectators that will "make their way to Jarry Park throughout the 10-day event will generate about 70 tonnes of waste." There are "hundreds of clearly labelled waste bins" throughout the event site. Tennis Canada Coordinator of Sustainable Development Blandine Betton said that every day "two large bins are filled with compostable material -- food, plates, utensils, napkins, etc. -- and shipped offsite." On site, Recyc-Québec has a "crew of volunteers going around to help people recycle their water bottles and food scraps, and there’s a booth that explains what the uses are for recycled materials." Betton said that "even the tennis balls and the canisters they arrive in are recycled." The non-profit organization "buys carbon credits to offset the carbon pollution of flights for the athletes and staff." The Rogers Cup also "encourages the use of public transit -- each ticket sold includes a free round-trip STM fare -- and there is a secure parking lot on site for those who choose to bike to the event" (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 8/9).