Environmental charter

100Km Dodentocht & the environment 

Our environmental plan

The Environmental and Educational Department (EEP) incorporates as many environmentally-friendly initiatives in the organisation of the 100 km Dodentocht as possible. The goal is to reduce the waste associated with a mass event like the 100 km Dodentocht and to process the remaining waste as efficiently as possible. 

Why do we have an environmental plan?

A green and calm environment is very important to hiking enthusiasts. This is why contributing to a healthy and clean environment is fully in line with the beliefs of the organisation of the 100 km Dodentocht. We believe that a large organisation like the 100 km Dodentocht must act as a pioneer in this field and serve as an example to other events and organisations in the region. 

What will we do?

1.

Prevention 

It is important to reduce the mountain of waste as much as possible. The most striking initiative of the 100 km Dodentocht organisation in the fight against waste is the use of reusable cups in the central tent on the church square. This is a simple system and easily saves 60,000 disposable cups. 

2.

Waste collection and waste processing 

We make every possible effort not to leave any waste, both along the route and during the festivities in the Bornem city centre. We divide the waste into various categories: tin, paper, and residual waste. Clear signs help supporters, as this requires the cooperation of all supporters and participants.
Additional garbage bags will be provided at the bottlenecks along the route. Waste can be disposed of approximately 1 kilometre after each checkpoint. We ask the hikers to place their waste in the designated bins or bags. Employees of the different checkpoints also help clean the route. 

3.

Environmental charter for the sponsor 

This environmental charter is a voluntary commitment in which the signatory indicates to observe and actively promote a number of ideas, assignments, and guidelines.
This charter certainly does not intend to limit the promotional campaigns of the sponsor or to force the sponsor to incur greater expenses. The charter aims to consider any potential adverse consequences for the environment and the general public when planning a marketing campaign. 

Benefits for the sponsor

  • Reputation boost: By signing this charter, the sponsor promotes itself as an engaged and environmentally-conscious sponsor.
  • Pioneering role: emotional awareness continues to increase. As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to make a creative contribution and develop your own preferred measures. This campaign is an investment in your future.
  • Publications: As the organisation of the 100 km Dodentocht, we will publish your engagement as a sponsor. The public at large will be informed of your cooperation through extensive media attention.

Why a charter?

Hiking goes hand in hand with a beautiful natural context. The relationship with a thorough waste policy is obvious. We want to reduce the environmental burden on nearby residents as much as possible. We also believe that organisations cannot ignore environmental issues. This is why we, as the organisers of the 100 km Dodentocht, want to raise environmental awareness and serve as an example. 

The joining sponsors declare to accept the following provisions and are willing to contribute to a 100 km Dodentocht with as little waste as possible. 

  • The sponsor is willing to consider the direct and indirect waste-related issues in order to limit these as much as possible during the preparations of the sponsor campaigns for the 100 km Dodentocht.
  • The effectiveness of promotional materials must be reviewed, for example by limiting prints or by only providing useful samples instead of disposable gadgets
  • The sponsor is willing to use environmentally-responsible raw materials when creating promotional materials, for example, printed materials on recycled paper or chlorine-free bleached paper, and the use of recyclable plastic.
  • The sponsor and the organiser are willing to inform the public about the actions they will take to implement this charter, for example by providing information about environmental campaigns using signboards.
  • The sponsor and its employees are willing to offer the consumer the opportunity to cooperate with this waste plan and make all required resources available for this, for example by placing sufficient waste bins, and by clearly indicating how and where the waste may be disposed of.
  • The sponsor is willing to leave the location and the immediate environment in a clean state when demolishing its booth. In this context, they will study the police department regulations in general and the article on waste at booths and events in particular.
  • The sponsor is willing to observe the guidelines of the organisation of the 100 km Dodentocht concerning waste management.