Leaving nothing to waste | Sydney businesses sign up to no plastics pledge

City of Sydney has launched a new business pledge that will dramatically reduce single-use plastics.

Industry leaders from the hospitality, events and property sectors came together to sign up to the Sydney Single-use Pledge.

International Convention Centre (ICC)

International Convention Centre (ICC)

More than 30 organisations have so far taken the pledge, including eWater Systems Customers - Sydney Opera House, The International Convention Centres and Star Entertainment Group.

The commitment means 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.

Businesses from the Sustainable Destination Partnership, Better Buildings Partnership and CitySwitch have committed to reducing single-use items in their businesses and buildings. So far 32 organisations have signed the pledge, with more expected to join.

YHA, the largest provider of budget travel accommodation in Australia, has taken the single-use pledge. CEO Julian Ledger said the plastics pledge closely aligns with the organisation’s values and guests expectations.

“YHA Australia is striving towards sustainability, including a ban on the sale of bottled water at major youth hostels,” Julian said.

“By providing chilled water fountains and re-usable bottles, around 40,000 fewer single-use water bottles will be sold each year. Travellers will be educated about how drinking tap water in Australia is safe.”

Reducing Plastic with eWater |  Working with the eWater onsite production system allows businesses to reduce their dependence on a wide range of plastic waste including chemical packaging from cleaning products that can’t be easily recycled.

Reducing Plastic with eWater | Working with the eWater onsite production system allows businesses to reduce their dependence on a wide range of plastic waste including chemical packaging from cleaning products that can’t be easily recycled.

The New Environmental Pledge

Under the new environmental pledge, businesses commit to implementing at least 4 actions that reduce reliance on single-use plastic items. The City of Sydney has taken a platinum pledge, committing to phasing out 7 single-use items in its buildings, at its own venues and at events within our area. The City will eliminate or reduce the use of:

  • bottled water

  • plastic straws

  • plastic serveware, including expanded polystyrene

  • plastic utensils

  • promotional flyers

  • plastic single-use sampling or giveaways

  • single-use cups.

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

The pledge is available online