We give priority to products and services from the region (Espace Mont-Blanc), to avoid unnecessary transport and to involve local stakeholders. The supplies are made of regional products, and as much as possible from organic farming. In a country where spring water is abundant, we favour tap water, which allows avoiding 8,000 plastic bottles and their transport.
No more plastic at the refreshment posts
To reduce consumption of plastic, both by runners and UTMB® volunteers, and therefore limit your carbon footprint and your waste production, the organization will not distribute any more disposable crockery (cutlery, beakers, bowls) at the life bases and the refreshment posts (this is the same for the volunteers). This action called ” Bring Your Own Utensils ” (BYOU) was inaugurated at the Vibram Hong Kong 100 in January 2018. You are, therefore, invited to bring you own utensils if you wish to eat hot food at the refreshment posts.
Each UTMB® volunteer has been made aware of sorting waste, and everything is done to recycle any waste. The UTMB® uses the services of specialists in this domain from the local region:
AREMACS, the association which manages waste, and the sorting of it, in Chamonix.
Elise Alpes: which specializes in collecting and sorting, it recuperates the plastic beakers which we collect from the first refreshment posts of each race (the flow of runners is too great and very concentrated) so that they can be recycled in to protheses or small electrical goods.
To reduce waste, the UTMB® has, since 2006, included a reusable beaker into the list of mandatory equipment.
Transporting your waste
We ask each trail-runner to keep their waste with them between refreshment posts, fruit skins included. You will find trash bins at each refreshment post for waste disposal. When leaving the post you will find, about 100m after the post, the last trash bin (marked with a sign).Small trash bags are distributed at race-bib distribution, they are for containing used toilet paper and other soiled trash like open gel containers, or film which has contained food.
Prioritize the use of rechargeable batteries and if that is not possible, do not abandon used batteries: special containers are at your disposition at the refreshment posts.
Results of their efforts:
- 60 m³ of waste collected and sorted in Chamonix
- 100 000 disposable cups saved
- 25% soiled paper waste
- 55% non-organic food waste
- Cleaning of the entire Mont-Blanc tour before and after each race
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