Sydney hotels and events join pledge to ditch plastic

There will be fewer plastic bottles, straws, throwaway cups and food utensils at a growing number of Sydney hotels, entertainment venues, markets, festivals, major events and outdoor spaces following a new pledge to dramatically reduce single-use plastics across their businesses.

Industry leaders from the more than 30 hospitality, accommodation, events and property sectors, including Sydney Opera House and Star Entertainment Group, came together with the City of Sydney to sign up to the Sydney Single-use Pledge.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the pledge shows Sydney businesses are determined to reduce the devastating effect single-use plastics are having on the environment.

“Acting together, we can reduce our impact on the environment and show the world that Sydney businesses are leading the way to a zero waste future,” Moore said.

“Studies show that up to 1 million plastic drinks bottles are purchased globally every minute, but less than 50 per cent are collected for recycling.

“Plastic straws can last up to 600 years and many end up in our beautiful harbour and waterways. It is shameful that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

“While recycling plays an important role in managing our waste, we need to refocus on reduction and avoidance.

“The City has set bold targets to reach zero waste by 2030. We must reduce the amount of waste we produce, recycle as much as possible and treat what’s left over in the most sustainable way.”

Under the new environmental pledge, businesses commit to implementing at least four actions that will reduce reliance on single-use plastic items.

The City of Sydney has taken a platinum pledge, committing to phasing out seven single-use items in its buildings, at its own venues and at events within our local government area. The City will eliminate or reduce the use of bottled water, plastic straws, plastic serve ware, including expanded polystyrene, plastic utensils, promotional flyers, plastic single-use sampling or giveaways and single-use cups.

The City has developed guidelines to help everyone using its venues and outdoor space find sustainable alternatives to single-use items and ensure that where waste is generated, recycling is maximised.

The pledge form is available here.