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Taronga Zoo goes plastic-free with new partnership

By   /  July 12, 2017  /  Comments Off on Taronga Zoo goes plastic-free with new partnership

A new partnership between Taronga Zoo and ethical event caterers EPICURE will see Sydney’s wildlife attraction take another major step towards a more sustainable, plastic-free future.

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EPICURE takes on catering contract at Taronga Zoo

Under a new catering contract at Taronga Zoo, EPICURE, part of the Spotless Group, will provide catering and hospitality throughout the zoo and the Taronga Centre.

As part of the alliance and its focus on environmental sustainability,  plastic-free, recyclable packaging and biodegradable tableware will be introduced throughout the venue.

Taronga Centre at Taronga Zoo

“Environmental sustainability is central to everything we do at Taronga, and it has long been our goal to reduce reliance on single-use plastic packaging for food served at Taronga,” said Taronga Conservation Society Australia director of marketing, fundraising and commercial Libby Hodgson.

“I’m pleased that this new alliance will reaffirm our long-standing commitment to sustainability and accelerate our progress to carbon neutrality by 2025, in addition to offering high-quality catering for our guests. I believe this will set a new benchmark in environmental practice and innovation for the Australian hospitality and tourism industries.

“We are excited to announce that from day one, Taronga will cease reliance on single-use plastics for meals prepared and served in our cafes and food court, including sauce sachets. Additionally, the use of sustainable palm oil for cooking will be a significant contribution to preserving habitats for wildlife at risk of extinction. In time, guests will see the installation of machines that reduce food waste going to landfill.”

EPICURE takes on catering contract at Taronga Zoo

Taronga and EPICURE will also establish a dedicated sustainability fund to provide financial support for Taronga’s environmental sustainability initiatives.

Spotless general manager for leisure, sports and entertainment Ian Delmenico said EPICURE looks forward to contributing to Taronga’s cause.

“EPICURE understands the importance of sustainability to Taronga and its guests and we are confident our skills and expertise will ensure the catering service at this wonderful location on Sydney Harbour exceeds all expectations,” he said.

“EPICURE provides both in-ground and function offerings at iconic facilities throughout Australia. We are ready and committed to replicating this success at Taronga Zoo and the Taronga Centre.”

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