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SUSTAINABILITY AT HEART

At Holiday Resort Unity we want 2021 to be a year where we push our sustainability goals further, considering it in every decision that we make.

Our Goals for 2021

  • We will be increasing our recycling rate by at least 25% by introducing mixed recycling and diverting as much as possible from landfill.

  • We will be reducing our energy usage by at least another 10%.

Recycling

We need your help – all you need to do is recycle as you do at home.

On check-in, we will provide you with a clear plastic bag to help you separate your recycling and we have created numerous recycling points throughout the site enabling you to recycle everything that you do at home. Even the bins that you are putting your recycling in have been recycled.

You will find your closest recycling point on the site map; they can also be found on the app and are clearly signposted around the site. Recycling points have been located on the main routes around the site, so you could always drop off your recycling and waste when leaving the site for the day.

What will happen to my recycling and waste?

All your waste is taken to Avonmouth, a large industrial site just South of Bristol on the M5. Here the following happens.

Glass

Glass can be recycled again and again. The glass is sorted into colours at the depot, crushed and then melted to be remoulded into a new bottles and jars

Mixed recycling
Your mixed recycling is separated at the Avonmouth plant.

Newspapers and magazines are used to make new newspapers. Mixed paper and card are used for making packaging material and cardboard is sent to a recycling mill to be made into new cardboard products.

Plastic is separated into different grades, which are reprocessed into pellets which can be recycled to create new plastic products

General waste

Any waste that cannot be recycled is sent to an incinerator for energy recovery, not landfill.

The waste is burnt at 850 degrees Celsius which heats a huge water boiler above it, producing superheated steam that turns a turbine, producing electricity. All gases produced from this method are cleaned, the steam leaving the incinerator having similar properties to water. The remaining ash is then sent to construction companies for use in aggregate – such as pavements

 

To prevent rubbish lorries sitting on the M5 every day, we have also purchased two waste compactors, these squash all our waste into bales, which can then be collected less frequently.

Newspapers and magazines are used to make new newspapers. Mixed paper and card are used for making packaging material and cardboard is sent to a recycling mill to be made into new cardboard products.

Plastic is separated into different grades, which are reprocessed into pellets which can be recycled to create new plastic products

Energy

We are monitoring our energy usage throughout the site daily, ensuring electricity is controlled and continuously assessing where we can save more. Our goals for 2021 is to reduce our energy use by a further 10% across the site.

Our Leisure centre is powered by 900 solar panels and we have a biomass boiler that burns sustainably sourced wood pellets and heats our indoor pool and communal areas to keep it the perfect temperature for you. The energy produced between these two creates enough energy to power 142 houses. In 2020 we won a gold a standard award for Energy efficiency and Eco Pool project of the year at the prestigious UK Pool and Spa awards.

We are also in the process of moving our HRU fleet over to electric vehicles as well as looking into introducing EV charging points throughout the site for guests as we work towards supporting future needs.

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WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING?

Food and Drink

We have reviewed all our menus and meal preparations to ensure we produce the least amount of waste as possible.

When you go and get your well-earned cup of coffee, do not forget your reusable cup. We offer.... discount on your coffee if you bring your reusable cup with you. If you want to have a drink outside, you can also purchase one of our reusable drinks cups which you can return or keep afterwards for £1.

We also offer delicious and award-winning...Coffee from...At Brean Splash and...

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure their sustainable practices are inline with our own and offer local produce at all our main dining venues

Office Waste

We are in the process of reviewing our paper usage and moving as much as possible to electronic systems. We print double sided wherever possible and any wastepaper is shredded and used for bedding for the animals.

Awards

We have received many awards over the years such as a Gold David Bellamy Award, Gold Green tourism award, Silver in sustainability at the Bath, Bristol and Somerset Awards and a finalist at the Somerset Business Awards

Conservation

We already do a lot of conservation work, have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline.

Over the last 7 years we have reintroduced water voles throughout the site, along with rare great crested newts and numerous breeding pairs of moorhens and we even have some adders. We also have up to 50 beehives at any one time around the site. You can buy the honey in the 

Costcutter and we use it on our menu at Brean Country Club. We have planted miles of hawthorn bush habitats and have started to plant almost 27000 trees over the next five years to encourage new wildlife and create safe havens for migratory birds.

If you have not already been to the ‘Secret wood’ you really must, here we have over...species of birds and small mammals, plus this is a release site for the local RSPB and RSPCA for any injured birds and animals such as hedgehogs and rabbits. You will see over 80 nest and bat boxes dotted around our trees (in case you were wondering if it has a number on it is a nest box, if it has a letter on it, it is a bat box).

We are also working closely with ... on the reintroduction of native trout, you will find these in our fishing lakes on the campsite and by our country club lodges.

For any budding naturalists, we run a fantastic wild walk, talk and tour of our native wildlife friends, hopefully seeing some on the way but also learning all about those tiny creatures we often take for granted but have some interesting facts too! Also, for any eagle eyes you will find .... Wicker animals hiding in the hedgerow, see if you can find them all!

We also have huge composting silos where we recycle all garden and landscaping waste from the site, this is then used as mulch for all our flowerbeds over winter.

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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Our wildlife and environment are important to us. Without the care and consideration of both, we wouldn’t be able to provide holiday-makers with scenic settings and lush grounds to enjoy their holidays on.

We’re surrounded by nature here at Holiday Resort Unity and we want to keep it that way. We’ve been a holiday resort for over 70 years and plan to be around for many more years to come. We started as a farm, so how could we not care about our environment?

We’re still big animal lovers, which is why we often work with local wildlife sanctuaries and experts to help release wildlife back into nature. Across our resorts, you may spy a number of beehives, bat-boxes and bird-boxes that we have set up. We want to protect our local wildlife and provide safe natural habitats to a variety of different creatures to help encourage biodiversity. We routinely work hands-on to protect and conserve wildlife within our resort and surrounding area.

You can learn all about our array of local wildlife and flora and fauna on one of our nature walks through our ‘secret’ wood. We also provide a Forest School and Wildlife Education sessions to local schools and guests of our resorts.

While you’re out and about, why not take a peek at the number of conservation areas that we have created across our site, for which we received a ‘David Bellamy Gold Conservation’ award. We also understand the importance of trees - after all, they help us breathe and they have emission-reducing properties! - which is why we have a plant and tree nursery and are regularly planting more trees across the resort.

A GREENER BREAN

Being a holiday resort, we are mindful of our environmental impact – which is why we are constantly striving towards a ‘greener Brean’. You may notice some changes we’ve made across our resorts (all for the greater good!), most noticeably the large solar panel system on the leisure centre, which is also fitted with biomass heating.Since the start of the year, we’ve reduced our electricity use by 6% and aim to reduce this by a further 15% by the end of 2020.We now also have a full-time member of staff to focus on environmental sustainability and creating a ‘net-zero’ action plan – which means we’re working towards reducing our carbon footprint (in a nutshell, if we create emissions we will also remove them), so our ambitions of a cleaner and greener environment are highly possible. We’ve already started our process by converting lots of our lights to energy-efficient types, several of our fleet vehicles are now electric to help cut down on those nasty emissions and we’re reducing our paper-consumption by taking our entertainment guides digital with mobile app versions.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We want our resort to be beautiful, clean and safe – for people and wildlife. Being environmentally friendly might seem daunting and somewhat confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s no need to make huge changes to your lifestyle or to deny yourself fun whilst you’re on holiday, so here are a few tips on how to make a difference (even the smallest effort helps!)

  • Walk instead of drive - Luckily our resorts and facilities are all within reasonable distance to one another, so leave the car at your base and take scenic walk across our fields to reach any number of our venues. Or stretch your legs and take in the fresh air on the beach.
  • Reduce use of plastic - Single use plastic is super-harmful to the environment – it ends up in landfill where it will then take 1,000 years to degrade! So, say no to straws and opt for a glass instead of a plastic cup and bring your own shopping bag. If the plastic is unavoidable, don’t bin it! Keep it aside with any other plastics and dispose of it in one of our recycling bins.
  • Turn off the lights - Although we have replaced many of our lights with energy-efficient bulbs, the most effective way to cut down on electricity is to turn off the lights when they’re not in use. If you want to save energy even further; come along and enjoy the wide range of entertainment we have on every evening at either RJ’s or The Tavern and save the TV for another night!
  • Going to the beach? - Ask at reception for a ‘beach-cleaning’ bag. If everyone took just 2 minutes to pick up litter during their visit to the beach it would make a huge difference!
  • Be tidy, be mindful - This one’s easy, just clean up as you go! A lot of mess can be left behind from camping and touring which not only looks unsightly but can end up in trees and can potentially hurt our local wildlife. Be mindful of any mess you might leave behind and pop any rubbish in the bin.
Beach Clean-Ups

You may have noticed our local beach (you know, that seven-mile stretch of sand?) and you probably love it as much as we do,  which is why we organise beach clean-up projects through-out the year so that we can all work together to keep our beach beautiful. Not to mention litter doesn’t just impact the one beach that it’s found on; due to tides and winds, once a piece of litter is on the beach it can then spread very easily into our seas and oceans, polluting our marine life and eco-systems – it can even wind up on another beach…maybe in another country! So, to prevent the mess from spreading, keep an eye out for our organised beach clean-up days – we promise they’re more fun than they sound! And remember, you can make a difference, even if you’re just out for a stroll; if you see it, bin it!

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