MCEC’s latest initiative to curb waste

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has thrown its support behind charity Bright Sparqe in their quest to simplify the process of redistributing goods to charities, whilst assisting vulnerable communities and facilitating the reduction of waste.

MCEC has donated goods such as fresh milk, coffee plungers, serving spoons, consumables and cups and lids by creating an account and adding the details of products and unused food they wish to donate.

Once an item is submitted, charities can browse, claim and collect from MCEC in real-time.

“The event industry can be a wasteful one, and while we are doing our best to avoid waste in the first place, it’s great to be able to donate leftover and unwanted items to the local community, particularly when it can go to people in need,” said MCEC sustainability manager Sam Ferrier.

“MCEC started utilising the Bright Sparqe platform in March this year and made our first donations in April, which were all accepted rapidly by charities including Ronald McDonald House North Fitzroy, BK 2 Basics Melbourne, Theodora House INC and Souper Kitchen.”

Bright Sparqe founder and executive director Charbel Yamouni welcomed MCEC’s support.

“With support from MCEC, Bright Sparqe can continue the journey to provide for our partner charities with fast access to brand new products and unused food, that will genuinely assist the communities most vulnerable,” Yamouni said.