It’s the last straw for the Queen at Bal­moral

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

It is the last straw – at least of the plas­tic va­ri­ety – for the Queen at her pri­vate Scot­tish es­tate.

For Bal­moral is ban­ning plas­tic straws and bot­tles in a move to be­come sin­gle use plas­tic-free and the green­est of Her Majesty’s res­i­dences.

Buck­ing­ham Palace has out­lined new waste plans and said there was a “strong de­sire to tackle the is­sue” in the royal house­hold, in a move thought to be in­spired by Sir David At­ten­bor­ough.

Bal­moral, which opens to the pub­lic on March 30, is now look­ing at be­com­ing sin­gle use plas­tic-free as a lead­ing player in the monarch’s war on plas­tic.

The 50,000-acre es­tate at­tracts around 70,000 vis­i­tors each year and op­er­ates a cafe, gift shop and ac­com­mo­da­tion as well as hos­pi­tal­ity and other events.

How­ever, the Queen is said to be de­ter­mined to make Bal­moral the green­est of her res­i­dences.

“The Bal­moral Es­tate has for some time been mov­ing to­wards phas­ing out sin­gle-use plas­tics and using com­postable, biodegrad­able or re­cy­clable pack­ag­ing in the restau­rants and shop at the vis­i­tor cen­tre,” said a spokesman for the es­tate.

It has also pro­duced its own green blue­print to show it is “com­mit­ted to op­er­at­ing the es­tate in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­ner”.

En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues are reg­u­larly con­sid­ered and dis­cussed at all staff meet­ings and among the mea­sures taken has been con­trol­ling en­ergy use, the use of low en­ergy light bulbs where pos­si­ble, the up­grade of heat­ing sys­tems and boil­ers and im­prove­ments to build­ing in­su­la­tion.

Bal­moral is also com­mit­ted to gen­er­at­ing in­creased amounts of green hy­dro power for sup­ply­ing the cas­tle and es­tate, and waste is sorted and re­cy­cled where pos­si­ble.

Card­board, glass, plas­tics, tin, light bulbs, bat­ter­ies, fridges and freez­ers are all stock­piled and then taken to an ap­pro­pri­ate re­cy­cle point.

Bal­moral is phas­ing out plas­tic straws and bot­tles.

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