Greening for golf

Did you know the sport of golf and the environmental movement have a long standing relationship?

Some golf courses in the Great Toronto Area are built on closed landfills and other  golf courses are working towards being certified for their environmental programs like GEO or Audubon certified.

Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. In my opinion it is one of the most bipolar sports in the world. There is something Zen-like about being in a relaxed state of mind in order to swing properly, but on the flip side, there is so much frustration when you hit a bad shot.

Every golf season, I lose dozens of balls to natural hazards. There are companies who collect lost golf balls and clean them up to be sold again at a lower price. They are known as recycled balls. Oh the beauty of recycled golf balls — it makes hitting expensive golf balls affordable.

Other companies refurbish golf balls that are damaged. There is only one company that makes truly recycled golf balls in which all components of the ball are made from recycled materials and at its end life it can be recycled into new products.

In 2013, Halton Waste Management Site is operating a pilot program where residents can drop off old golf balls (and tennis balls) for recycling.  The rubber inside is recycled into new products like play surfaces.

Here are some other tips that can make your golfing experiences a little greener:

  • When upgrading your clubs, ask if there is a trade-in program available.  This can help reduce your costs as well as keep usable items out of landfills.
  • Used golf clubs can also be turned into other useful everyday items or even works of art.
  • Used golf equipment can also be donated to sports organizations and charities.
  • Old golf clothing can be donated to a local reuse centre.
  • While on the green, bring a reusable water bottle to keep hydrated.
  • Wear sunscreen. If your sun screen is expired, please bring it to Halton’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot — don’t put it in the garbage.
  • Don’t litter, especially after being visited by the snack/drink cart  Recycle your score cards.

When hitting the links this summer, think about the environment. Let’s go green for golf!

About joycewychan

I'm Joyce Chan, the Waste Management Program Coordinator for Halton Region where I am involved with project management. I am an avid skier and by using the Blue Box and GreenCart we can all help keep winter white.
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4 Responses to Greening for golf

  1. nextlevelmhe says:

    Really enjoyed this article–always interested in good recycling, reusing re-purposing tips! I especially liked the golf club table you linked to–I think every golf club grill should have those!

  2. Reblogged this on Clean Air Partnership and commented:
    With the summer well under way, now is a great time to get out there and swing some recycled golf balls.

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  4. Joyce: I am curious how your tennis ball take back pilot worked and to learn more about the new surfaces you are putting tennis balls into. Our organization (Project Green Ball) recycles tennis balls into equestrian turf. You can learn more at http://www.projectgreenball.org. If you have a few minutes can you reach out to me at scott@projectgreenball.org to discuss your project. Thanks.

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