ICC Sydney promotes plastic bottle waste reduction in events sector
By promoting the use of Sydney’s tap water at events and using co-branded, reusable glass bottles in all meeting rooms, the initiative has significantly decreased bottled water consumption on site while providing great tasting water to delegates and visitors. It has also saved the equivalent of 12,900 kilograms of plastic from being produced.
“We follow a mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ and as a harbourside venue, we are very conscious of our environmental impact and particularly the potential harm of plastic to aquatic life,” said CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy. “It’s imperative for large scale venues to operate in a sustainable manner for the sake of the environment and we are exceptionally pleased that we have already produced such positive results.
“When you consider that saving a million plastic water bottles is the equivalent of filling 2900 wheelie bins, the outcome is substantial. However, our work here is not done. We are constantly looking for ways to minimise our environmental impact and what else we can be doing to drive change.”
Sydney Water managing director Kevin Young said ICC Sydney is a great example of how organisations and their operations can deliver positive environmental outcomes through the use and promotion of tap water.
“Reaching this milestone number is a testament to ICC Sydney and the entire team’s dedication to reaching their sustainability goals,” he said. “It is also a testament to our staff at Sydney Water who produce some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, day-in, day-out.”