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ICC Sydney uses 1,000,000 fewer plastic bottles

Venue has cut back on a million plastic bottles through partnership with Sydney Water

Pictured: The replacement glass bottles

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has cut back on more than a million plastic water bottles through its partnership with Sydney Water, the venue has claimed.

By promoting the use of Sydney’s tap water at events and using reusable glass bottles instead, the initiative has ‘significantly decreased bottled water consumption on site’.

It has also saved the equivalent of 12,900kgm of plastic from being produced.

CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said the partnership between ICC Sydney and Sydney Water was delivering results for clients, the community and the environment.

“We follow a mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ and as a harbour-side venue, we are very conscious of our environmental impact and particularly the potential harm of plastic to aquatic life,” he said.

“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 2,900 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 we can be doing to drive change.”

Managing director of Sydney Water, Kevin Young, added: “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.”

Since launching, the partnership between ICC Sydney and Sydney Water has also:

  • Saved more than 700,000 kilowatts of electricity
  • Saved 1.5 million litres of water and an
    estimated 150,000 litres of oil from associated activities in manufacturing the
    plastic bottles
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 500
    tonnes, the equivalent of keeping 110 cars off the road for a year.

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