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Sporting Rubbish

Have you ever been to a sports event? We recently saw a marathon in Malta which looked fun.

However I was fairly unimpressed with the amount of discarded water bottles, silver blankets, emergency tape etc. 

Why does something aimed at personal health lead to so much that affects the health of the planet?

At a three day sports event recently I was baffled at the amount of litter, food waste and discarded stuff. 

We are so self focussed it’s really frustrating.  

11 comments on “Sporting Rubbish

  1. gaiainaction
    May 17, 2015

    It begs belief how us humans can be so uncaring about our own environment!

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  2. They should make cleaning up afterward part of the cost of participating.

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  3. Pekebun
    May 18, 2015

    Yes, unfortunately that seems to be the norm but 1 of the best organized marathons I’ve run is the Honolulu Marathon where almost 50% of runners are Japanese. They take pride in bringing waste to the right bin whether it’s thrash or recycle. You’ll see many running with their own water bottles & disposing banana peels in bins meant for composting. It was just eye-opening.

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  4. suchled
    May 18, 2015

    Because the people who leave litter, anywhere, are spectators – never participants.


  5. suchled
    May 18, 2015

    I mean that some people participate in looking after the world who fight to make it a better place and are concerned for its health. Others just sit back and look at whats going on and drop their fast food wrappers on the ground as they wander past.


    • lizard100
      May 18, 2015

      But the single use water bottles and foul blankets are dropped by the runners and provided for them. Generated waste that is purely for the event.

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      • suchled
        May 18, 2015

        Sorry. I thought it was like at the football when all the spectators left tonnes of rubbish. Anyway I agree. We have a long long way to go and in Australia where our PM refers to Climate Change as “crap” we probably have further to go than you.

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  7. OmniRunner
    June 16, 2015

    Agreed. As a runner I find it appalling. Even at my running club’s events, I do most of the recycling my self.
    Most races make no effort to be green. Makes no sense to me.

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