LOCOG misses out on recycling target

LOCOG misses out on recycling target

London 2012 has published its Post-Games Sustainability Report and the findings show that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) just missed out on achieving its ambitious recycling target.

The Report is intended as a resource and knowledge transfer tool to help future Olympic and Paralympic Games and global events organisers embed sustainability into event planning.

The Report found that by conventional measures 82 per cent of operational waste was reused, recycled or composted,  whereas the true figure was 62 per cent, taking into account waste stream contamination and processing efficiencies.

Jonathon Porritt, environmentalist and lead London 2012 sustainability ambassador said: “This report represents a ‘first cut’ on the final story, with a particular focus on those issues which were seen by stakeholders as being of particular importance. There is so much that will contribute to the legacy of the 2012 Games, and the sustainability story is right up there as one of the most important aspects”.

Sir Tim Smit, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of the Eden Project and London 2012 Sustainability Ambassador said:

“The LOCOG Sustainability team have done London, the Olympic Movement and event management a colossal service in creating the first really meaningful template for measuring environmental impacts of an event.”

David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability, LOCOG said:

“This work could not have been achieved without the collaboration from so many of our stakeholders. We are strongly convinced that the embedding of sustainability on this scale can only be supported through constructive dialogue and a partnership approach.  We are proud of our achievements but this is just the beginning; we hope that tools such as the standard ISO 20121 and the published learnings from the London 2012 Games will present a significant step change in the way future events are managed.”

Stephanie Cornwall
Stephanie Cornwall