We are committed to maintaining a leadership position in sustainability practices and have a strong track record in achieving sustainability outcomes.
Australian Turf Club’s sustainability commitment stretches across its Racing, Operations & Facilities departments across at all its venues. Initiatives include:
Racing, Tracks and facilities
Bore water is used for track and gardens irrigation. We harvest and store rainwater used in the Theatre Of The Horses for watering gardens and cooling horses. Waste from the stables are used in the agricultural industry. For example, horse bedding and manure is transported from Rosehill Gardens to local mushroom farms. The ATC are also making a concerted effort to use more organic fertilisers, favouring biological control over chemical control of pests and soil disease. Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens operate automated lighting and A/C control systems that facilitates energy savings. Halogen lights being replaced with LED lights to further improve efficiency. Staff use electric powered buggies, forklifts and pallet jacks as part of their day-to-day functions.
Across raceday operations sustainability initiatives include cardboard and paper recycling (average 6 tonners per month), food waste recycling (average 4 tonnes per month), glass recycling (average 11 tonnes per month), comingle recycling (average 10.5 tonnes per month) and plastic wrap recycling (average 0.4 tonnes per month). 70% of food inventory is received in recyclable / reusable packaging to reduce carbon footprint. 65% of retail packaging is biodegradable and polystyrene packaging for fresh food deliveries are returned to suppliers. All waste oils generated onsite are recycled. The Australian Turf Club has recently partnered with WISE to help eliminate single-use beverage plastics from its venues and events. WISE has developed a cup re-use plan that provides a solution to the single-use plastic cup waste problem.