Environmental management

East Riding Leisure are committed to reducing energy consumption and recycling where possible, this includes use of energy saving equipment and recycling schemes in addition to sourcing our supplies locally.


  • Swim equipment normally discarded into landfills can now be disposed of on-site and recycled into new products!
    • Items such as flip flops, goggles, floats, armbands, kickboards, pull buoys and swim caps can now be processed into new products for the industry, including new flip flops!
    • The bins at the recycling points are emptied when full and replaced with new ones.
  • We use blue bins throughout our centres, which get emptied weekly, to recycle:
    • Plastic bottles
    • Cardboard
    • Paper
  • Cafe waste is separated into the appropriate bins, including for:
    • Used cooking oil is recycled
    • Food packaging is recycled
  • Battery recycling.

Reducing resources

  • In Spring 2023, a survey was conducted to vote for the removal of the blue plastic overshoes, for use on the poolside, as this was single-use plastic being added to landfill.
    • The majority of our customers voted to stop them being used.
    • Customers can now use their own flip-flops, or have the option to buy our very own ERL-branded ones, made from recycled materials.
    • These are to be used in 'no outdoor shoe' areas, which improves hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Pool water treatment measures to reduce the use of chemicals, and cut down on delivery requirements include:
    • UV filtration uses ultraviolet rays to kill pool water bacteria
    • CO2 is used instead of acid as a PH leveller.
  • Push taps are used throughout our centres to reduce water wastage.
  • We use local suppliers, from Yorkshire and the Humber, as much as possible to help reduce the number of miles our cafe produce travels.
  • The Catering Services Team have been working hard to ensure that only plant-based food packaging is being used in all of our facilities.
    • This includes the removal of single-use plastic such as condiment sachets, where possible.
  • We encourage customers to use their own mugs at all of our sites:
    • Please check that mugs are 14oz or more in size, so your drink won’t spill.
    • Cafe customers receive a 20p discount when using their own reusable mug on any hot drink.


Measures to generate our own energy to use onsite include:

  • Photo voltaic panels on the roof of the centres:
    • They produce electricity for use onsite.
    • And they also feed back into the National Grid.
  • Onsite Combined Heat and Power Unit (CHP Unit) to reclaim energy, which would otherwise be lost.
  • Bio Mass Boiler used for heating at South Cave:
    • Recyclable materials are burnt at high temperatures to generate heat.
    • Whilst also reducing the centre's CO2 footprint.
  • In Spring 2023, a state-of-the-art solar carport was installed at Driffield:
    • Reducing the centre’s electricity bills by £20,000 a year.
    • The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supplied 50% of the funding to allow the installation.

Measures to help reduce costs and energy use include:

  • Pool covers are used to reduce the heat loss from pool water when they're not in use.
  • Variable speed drives have been fitted to the pool circulation pumps so that the amount of power required overnight is reduced when the pools are not in use.
  • Building Management System which automatically and effectively controls the building's environmental conditions.
  • Building environmental temperature control settings are adjusted to suit summer or winter weather.
  • Motion sensor lights.
  • LED lighting.
  • Automatic front doors.
  • Front door air curtain.


East Riding of Yorkshire Council is delighted to become a member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), showing a real commitment to our environment. For more information, please read the full Palm Oil council position statement on Visit RSPO to find out what you can do to reduce the use of unsustainable palm oil.

View our Palm Oil Position Statement (PDF 312KB)

All of our coffee comes from sustainable sources and is Rainforest Alliance certified, which:

  • safeguards the rights and well-being of workers
  • conserves natural resources
  • protects wildlife and the environment
  • supports farmers
  • helps communities to improve their livelihoods

Visit Rainforest Alliance

East Riding Leisure supports LES MILLS in their One Tree initiative, by being a Club Partner, training new instructors and promoting LES MILLS+ On Demand. LES MILLS is partnered with the non-profit organisation Trees for the Future (TREES), on their mission to plant 1 billion trees by 2030 to help fight climate change and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

Visit the LES MILLS website to read more about their One Tree initiative.


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