Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays 2020
Reducing waste initiative
Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays is one of New Zealand’s largest and most iconic running/walking events and we are passionate about caring for the environment. Below are a few ways we reduced our waste for this years event, our goal is to be a waste free event by 2025.
Recyclable promotional material
In the lead up to the event Round the Bays used recycled material for all promotional products. These flyers and posters were also able to be recycled again, reducing unnecessary wastage.
Over 2,000 bananas donated
At the finish line every participant received a banana thanks to PaknSave Kilbirnie. The banana skins were composted and left over bananas were donated to a local food rescue service Kaibosh.
Volunteer beach clean up
Wellington is surrounded by beautiful beaches which are a highlight of the course views. To ensure we are doing our bit for the environment Sport Wellington volunteers spent an afternoon cleaning up rubbish around the bays.
60,000 plastic cups saved from landfill & water ways
The past two years Round the Bays have hired reuse cups from a New Zealand company, Globelet. The event saw the use of 30,000 reuse cups on the course each year since 2019. With a total of 60,000 cups being removed from landfills and waterways over the last two years. This initiative will be continued for years to come, helping the environment one cup at a time.
Diverted 756kg of waste from landfill
In addition to our recycling efforts through the campaign and event we were also able to save an extra 756kg of recyclable waste from landfill. This was achieved by checking the rubbish bins at the finishers festival for recyclable products and removing them from the bins.
Removing 14,000 plastic bottles from waterways
Round the Bays have invested in purchasing 14,000 Globelet reuse cups which are used at the finish line to hydrate participants. These will be reused for years to come, replacing plastic bottles. You can read more about our seed funding we received from the Wellington City Council to purchase these cups here.