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%.
To help guests recycle just as they do at home, we provide mixed recycling throughout the resort. We accept glass, cans, tins, plastic, paper, and cardboard. All our food venues are also recycling their food waste to be turned into biofuel and fertilizer. Even the recycling bins have been recycled and can be found on all the main routes within the resort.
All waste and recycling are taken to Avonmouth, just South of Bristol. Recycling is sorted and taken on for further processing and your general waste is sent to an incinerator for energy recovery, importantly, not to a landfill.
Any food waste and plate scrapings we have at our venues are weighed so we know how we are doing and then recycled. It is sent to an anaerobic digester to be converted into Biofuel and fertilizers; this fertilizer goes onto fields to grow more food – creating a great circular economy.
All gardening waste is composted to be used again on our flower beds and we have extra recycling streams at our distribution centre to make sure we can divert as much as possible away from landfills. We also work with the British Heart Foundation who we send any furniture and fittings that are no longer needed so they can be sold in their shops.
Any waste that cannot be recycled is sent to an incinerator for energy recovery, not landfill. 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 cards 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 that can be recycled to create new plastic products.
We monitor our energy usage daily to ensure electricity is used efficiently. Our goal for 2021 is to reduce our energy use by 10% across the site through working with our teams to create the most energy-efficient practices within each department but also investing in new technology where suitable.
Much of our resort has LED lighting, and we are working on completing this transition over the next year. We have also moved almost all our landscaping machinery to electric rather than petrol-powered.
We are also moving our HRU vehicles over to electric as well as increasing EV charging points throughout the site.
Our Leisure centre is powered by 900 solar panels, and we also have a biomass boiler that burns sustainably sourced wood pellets and heats our indoor pool and communal areas to keep it at the perfect temperature. The energy produced between these two creates enough energy to power 142 houses.
FOOD AND DRINK
All menus have been designed to ensure we produce the least amount of waste possible. At the Country Club you will regularly see local produce; whether it's honey from our own bees or herbs and seasonal produce such as rhubarb and apples from our gardens.
Over the coming months, we will be working closely with our suppliers to ensure their sustainability is in line with our own and offer even more local produce at all our main dining venues.
With the leisure centre, caravans, and the golf course we are conscious of the amount of water that we use across the resort. Our water meters are all monitored closely to identify any leaks and we harvest rainwater to help keep the golf course green. We have plans for this winter to install waterless urinals and already have high-pressure showers and taps in place to further reduce water use.
We have received many awards over the years such as Gold standard energy efficiency and Eco Pool award, 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. We are also in the process of being accredited with the ECOsmart award, an independent assessment for venues that demonstrate sustainable operations and approaches.
We already do a lot of conservation work and have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline.
Over the last 7 years we have reintroduced water voles throughout the site, we also have rare great crested newts, and numerous breeding pairs of moorhens, coots, and recently native crucian carp were introduced to our golf lakes. We also have up to 50 beehives at any one time around the site and have been awarded BBK Honey Bee Friendly Park Award.
We have planted 8000 hawthorn whip habitats and are currently planting 27,000 trees over the next five years to encourage new wildlife corridors and create safe havens for migratory birds. Importantly, we are growing almost all these trees from seed at our nursery as well as many of all other plants around the resort.
Our ‘Secret wood’ is something we are very proud of, as well as a haven for our local wildlife, it is also a release site for the local charities RSPCA and Secret World for any injured birds and animals such as hedgehogs and rabbits. We have 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).
For any budding naturalists, we run a fantastic wild walk, talk, and tour of our native wildlife friends and often team up with Berrow Conservation Group to run walks further onto the beach as well as running beach clean-ups. Make sure you keep an eye out of our wicker animals hiding in the hedgerows and if you see any real wildlife, tick these off on the wildlife spotter on your app and take a photo if you can, we will then add these to the Great Somerset Wildlife Count