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Eco-friendly Recyclable Cups to be used at The Festival™ presented by Magners

Press Release 4th March 2020 Cheltenham

Cheltenham Racecourse is pleased to introduce 100% recyclable, pint and half pint-sized, cups at The Festival™ Presented by Magners 2020.

The Jockey Club remains focused on keeping plastic out of the natural environment and this eco-friendly disposable cup solution supports the group’s continuing pledge of zero waste to landfill.

The cups are made from post-consumer recycled plastic materials, such as drinks bottles, and will be recycled again after use. Racegoers are being asked to put their used cups in one of the 130 branded designated cup recycling points provided.

At the end of each day, the recycling will be picked up and transferred 3.9 miles to Bishop Cleeve Recycling Centre, where it is sorted.  The cups are then washed, chipped and made into flakes which are melted and spun into recycled fibres and yarns and used to produce innovative fabrics for clothing and other cups. Using these recycled plastics in the manufacturing process ensures 20% less water, 50% less energy, 100% less plastic is used plus 60% reduction in air pollution.

The Jockey Club has already delivered two years of zero waste to landfill, two years ahead of target and has been awarded a Green Tourism Silver Award across its 15 racecourses.  All of The Jockey Club’s mainline energy comes from certified green sources and in 2019, enough energy was generated by the solar panels at Cheltenham Racecourse to power 18 homes. This figure increased to 57 homes when all the solar panels across the group were included.

This year, the four-day Cheltenham Festival runs from Tuesday 10th March to Friday 13th March 2020.

Tickets for all four days are available to purchase at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham or by calling 0344 5793003.

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