Here are some
guidelines which may help you assess your current practices and
offer some ideas for future projects.
is a very important aspect of any golf courses' environmental stewardship
as much good work can be undone through pollution, spillages, and
dumping of contaminated liquids and materials. For this reason it
is important that a golf club has a policy for the appropriate and
responsible management of waste. The following is an outline for
the content of such a policy.
Grass cuttings, corings and other organic material:
are currently setting up systems for the collection and centralised
composting of cuttings, for possible re-application as an organic
top dressing on walkways, worn areas, eroded channels etc. However,
the clippings could also contribute to many other areas of horticultural
practice on the estate. Collection points are commonly made from
bunded concrete or slabbed bays, bins or sealed containers (often
sunk in to the ground to avoid visual intrusion). These could be
located at every tee and green and regularly emptied. A properly
constructed composting area would have to be designed to avoid leachate
and groundwater contamination.
Storage and Disposal of Used Oil:
- Avoid any
incidences of oil being tipped into any drains or onto any areas
- Ensure all
used oils such as hydraulic fluid or lubricants are stored securely
for collection by a registered waste carrier, who may actually
pay for the oil, as a valuable material.
- If considering
redevelopment of the existing maintenance facility, ensure that
an impervious base with oil tight bund is constructed for the
storage of an oil storage tank, or oil stored in drums. The bunded
areas should be capable of holding at least 110% of the tank or
drum volume. Fill pipes, funnels and sight gauges should be enclosed
within the bunded area.
- A similar
area could be investigated for the storage of used oil awaiting
removal from site.
storage and preparation:
- Storage of
products should be to statutory requirements and BASIS standard.
- Metal containers
stored off the ground to prevent corrosion.
- On site storages
hold be minimal - only what is required for immediate use.
- Aim to minimise
the volume of waste, and produce no waste if possible. The amount
required should be calculated carefully and the application rate
and calibration of equipment precisely assessed.
- Avoid back
siphoning of pesticide into water by use of a siphon break. Ensure
there are no direct connections between a spray tank and water
Disposal and Containers:
all equipment should be cleaned, washed and rinsed. The tank should
be flushed with small volumes of water rather than simply filling
and emptying. This will reduce the volume of water used in the rinsing
of gassing powders should be filled with dry sand or earth and punctured
should never be poured into soakaway drains, or into drains connected
to septic tanks. They should be:
- Re-used in
further batches of same spray
- Applied to
previously treated areas
- Sprayed onto
turfed land of minimal wildlife and habitat value eg. practice
- Employ a
specialist waste disposal contractor to remove
pesticide should be used in the approved manner. If the pesticide
is unused and unwanted it may be able to return it to the supplier.
Otherwise a specialist waste disposal contractor should be used.
Contact the Council Waste Recycling Officer.
be returned to suppliers or manufacturers. Empty containers must
be triple rinsed before disposal, ideally during mixing and preparation
crush containers after cleaning. Contact SEPA to confirm most appropriate
methods of disposal for your area.
appropriate emergency procedures and train all staff in their
- Contain spillages
using absorbent material or sand.
- Do not hose
into any drains, soakaways or streams.
materials should be removed by specialist disposal contractors.
- If there
is a risk that ground or surface waters have before contaminated
contact SEPA immediately.
- Ensure all
staff are properly and fully qualified and trained for the safe,
efficient and humane use of pesticides and are competent in their
- All efforts
should be made to minimise chemical use through the adoption of
an Integrated Approach to Turfgrass and Pest Management
By following this approach, golf clubs will be fulfilling the waste management criteria for the Scottish Awards for Environmental Excellence (see Awards page)
Our publication Waste Management Toolkit can be downloaded for further information