The ski race Vasaloppet also bring greater demands on race organisers regarding management of waste. At the seven checkpoints you find water, sport drinks and other refreshments and the waste has to be taken care of properly. Did you know Vasaloppet recycle 11 tons of paper cups each winter?
Vasaloppet works in a committed and structural way to live up to their reputation as an environmental role model. Vasaloppet has received the distinction of “Environmental Award for Events” from Håll Sverige Rent every year since 2006.
Above all they work on the transport of people and materials, which is the area in which a sporting event with tens of thousands of participants will have the largest environmental impact. Busses to the start sites, carpooling, and active work on the management of trash and waste are important components of Vasaloppet’s environmental efforts.
Some of Vasaloppets environmental commandments.
- What can a race organiser do for sustainability?
All Vasaloppet arrangements are eco-labelled by the Håll Sverige Rent foundation. They’ve achieved this through good planning and by taking into account environmental concerns in their everyday work and decision-making.
2. Vasaloppet.se – better than on paper
Vasaloppet make double-sided copies to save paper and energy. For the same reason Vasaloppet refer more and more to the website and other digital media to avoid unnecessary printing. Vasaloppet also make sure to order an appropriate amount of printed materials to reduce waste.
3. Ecological blueberries in the soup
Vasaloppet likes to collaborate with companies that value environmental concerns. They strive to make sure their purchases are organic and as environmentally friendly as possible.
4. Less waste in Vasaloppet
Together with partners and suppliers Vasaloppet works to reduce and separate waste. The Vasalopps Arena is a nature reserve and therefore they urge their participants to throw their trash in the supplied refuse containers. During the Vasaloppet Winter Week Vasaloppet recycle about 11 tons of paper cups. In the long term they’re working towards a zero tolerance on littering in the Vasalopps Arena and 100 percent recycling. To achieve this it´s important that everyone helps.
5. Leave the car, take the bike
Vasaloppet is a sporting and exercise event. So why take the car? Walking, cycling or skiing is not only good for your health and the environment; it also saves money. If Vasaloppet need to travel they choose public transport and carpooling as often as possible. Vasaloppet encourage participants to follow the organisers example.
6. Saving energy
By reducing electricity consumption Vasaloppet save money and help the environment. That’s why Vasaloppet switch off the lights when they leave and swap to energy-efficient options when lamps and machines need to be replaced. Vasaloppet constantly review the use of electricity at Vasaloppet’s buildings. Read more about Vasaloppet at www.vasaloppet.se