Going green is a key priority at St Austell Leisure Centre. Not only has the team just achieved ‘Plastic Free St Austell’ status, they have also been presented with their ISO14001 certificate – an industry standard awarded in recognition of effective environmental management.

Committed to reducing single use plastics, general manager Amelia Kitchen and her staff provide a water bottle refill station in the gym, sell reusable cups in the café where a discount of £1.50 is offered on future hot drink purchases for those who use them and have removed blue shoe covers – encouraging those who need to go poolside to take off their shoes and socks off instead.

Since taking on St Austell Leisure Centre and other leisure facilities throughout Cornwall as part of its 25-year contract with the council, social enterprise provider GLL has invested £196k in new plant and infrastructure that has included replacement boilers, LED lighting schemes, pool covers and repairs to the combined heat and power units.

“It’s a very significant investment that has already resulted in a 30% reduction in our carbon footprint and our aim is to build on that with a further 2% reduction year on year,” said Amelia. “Plastic Free St Austell is part of our ongoing commitment to the green agenda and I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far. We all live and work in a coastal community and protecting our beautiful environment is important to us all. 

“I’m confident that other GLL-run leisure centres across the Cornwall Partnership will be similarly plastic-free in the coming months and it’s good to know that our actions are influencing customers who are becoming much more environmentally aware too.”