Waste management and recycling for Derby County Football Club

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Project Summary:

Ward Recycling has provided waste management services to Derby County Football Club for over 11 years at its home ground in Pride Park, Derby. Ward was collectively responsible for collection, consolidating, handling and bulking of materials from the stadium. The service has continued through to the present day and now also includes all the club’s properties including the training ground at Moor Farm.

Ward attend the stadium in accordance to the team’s fixture list, pre and post home games. It carries out a full clearance of all of the club’s waste, from grass cuttings when preparing the pitch for the match, to the rubbish left in the stands by fans. The services provided on site encouraged segregation at source and reduced vehicle movements.

In 2016 Ward collected in excess of 200 tonnes of waste, all of which is processed for recycling at the sites in Derbyshire. Any material that is not segregated and recycled at Derby County is sorted and recycled by Ward at their recycling facilities, with the aim of maximising Derby Counties recycling and minimising any waste to landfill.

In 2015 Ward worked with the facilities team at Pride Park to support the club in returning all branding back to the team colours of black and white. All the wheelie bins in the stadium we’re bespoke designed and manufactured to match the team colours. The player’s tunnel, which is sponsored by Ward, is now black and white, as are the special waste containers which can be seen around the stadium.

To assist with waste management on site, Ward built a custom waste recycling compound for the stadium. This was recently extended to hold all the containers on match days and new black and white presentation boards were updated.

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Nigel Wood, Stadium Safety and Operations Manager at Derby County, said: “I have always been impressed by their prompt, competitive service and have been pleased with the commitment and professional approach to waste management.”


Thanks to Ward, more than 95% of waste from Derby County is recycled – equivalent to 190 tonnes in 2016. Off-site vehicle movements were reduced by over 80% with 100% of all recycled material recycled and re-used.

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