‘Trash Talking’ to our Visitors
Plastic glasses, bottles, cans, burger boxes, coffee cups, match day programmes & tickets... did you know that Croke Park generates over 700 tonnes of waste each year which is equivalent to 100 adult elephants.
With such numbers comes significant green responsibility and Croke Park takes its sustainability responsibilities very seriously.
How Have We Done It?
A three bin system was introduced with coded signage – red for general waste, green for mixed dry recyclables and brown for compostable items (food waste, grass cuttings, paper handtowels, compostable packaging).
Croke Park staff have become waste watchers and all mixed waste undergoes a special audit after each event to ensure waste is correctly separated and disposed of before it leaves the stadium.
Getting visitors and patrons involved was one of the challenges and ‘talking trash’ and explaining the sustainability objectives to visitors, was key to achieving the ambitious target.
An eye-catching poster campaign over the course of the season, highlighted sustainability achievements reached with the support of stadium visitors. Special messages were played on the big screens during matches and major events.<.p>
A Green Ambassadors initiative with local Green Flag primary schools in the Croke Park area was also launched and special Sustainability Awareness Days were held during which Green Ambassadors helped Croke Park staff educate and inform stadium visitors about recycling and waste management.
Every season, Croke Park celebrates sustainability day during one of the All-Ireland Semi Final matches. The aim of the day is to increase awareness among GAA supporters about the important role we all have to play to minimise our impact on our environment. The day champions and celebrates sustainability in Croke Park and also rewards and inspires our supporters to continue with us on our sustainable journey.