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ICC Sydney’s tap water scheme saves 520,000 plastic bottles

The venue has used reusable glass bottles since it opened its doors 10 months ago

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) claims to have saved 520,000 plastic bottles from use in its first ten months of operation by using reusable glass bottles instead.

The venue has teamed up with local tap water supplier Sydney Water on the scheme, which has saved 720,000 litres of water that would have been used in the production of bottled water.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO at ICC Sydney, said: “ICC Sydney is pursuing a number of progressive partnerships to create impactful sustainable models, and by serving tap water, we’re reducing our overall direct environmental impact. By reducing consumption, ICC Sydney has indirectly reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 270 tonnes, the equivalent of keeping 58 cars off the road for a year.

“We’ve looked to Circular Economy concepts around the globe which provide waste solutions to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. With over 480 billion plastic bottles produced globally in 2016, we know that less than half were recycled and only seven per cent were reused as drinking bottles.”

With the global reusable water bottle market estimated to grow by more than four per cent year on year between 2016-2024, the reduce and reuse model employed by ICC Sydney and Sydney Water highlights the importance of sustainable partnerships for the environment.

Since launching, the programme between ICC Sydney and Sydney Water has also seen the following:

•             The power saved has also been significant, representing the amount it would take to sustain 627 Australian homes for a year

•             By not using bottled water, ICC Sydney has saved an estimated 6,656 kilograms of plastic, the equivalent of filling 1,500 standard domestic wheelie bins

•             The ICC Sydney initiative has also saved 780,000 litres of water from being used in associated manufacturing of plastic water bottles. 

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