Pool overshoes have been permanently removed from Malvern Splash as part of efforts to combat the environmental damage caused by single-use plastics.
Freedom Leisure, which runs the Priory Road centre on behalf of Malvern Hills District Council, stopped providing the blue disposable shoe covers at all of its sites from New Year's Day.The move will prevent 300,000 pieces of plastic being sent to landfill or incineration.
Instead customers are being asked to wear flip flops or go barefoot in the wet changing rooms and by the poolside. Additional checks and cleaning will be taking place to ensure high standards of cleanliness are maintained.
Jess Chadderton, Operations Manager at Freedom Leisure, said: "The sheer volume of plastic overshoes we were throwing away wasn't something we were prepared to have on our conscience, particularly when it can take some plastic up to 500 years to decompose.
"We're confident users of Malvern Splash will support this positive move to support our environment."
Malvern Hills District Council has an ambition to eliminate the use of single-use disposable items from its buildings. Single use cups have already been removed from the Council House, Council Chamber and Depot.
Cllr John Raine, Portfolio Holder for Environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We are fully behind this development from Freedom Leisure which further supports our ambition to eliminate single-use items from our operations and become a low waste authority."