Perth’s Optus Stadium has joined the fight to save $0.10 containers from landfill by installing 460 Containers for Change bins throughout its venue.
More than 2.2 million drink containers are sold at Optus Stadium each year with approximately 71 per cent of those being recycled through the Stadium’s former system. The new initiative is expected to save more than 600,000 recyclable containers from landfill each year.
WA Return Recycle Renew (WARRRL) CEO Tim Cusack congratulated VenuesLive and its resource recovery partner Veolia on their commitment to updating the stadium’s waste and recycling program.
WARRRL is the not-for-profit organisation that oversees the state’s container deposit scheme, known as Containers for Change.
“Our community is doing an excellent job recycling their $0.10 containers at home. However, more than 1 million $0.10 containers are still discarded into general waste bins each dayby people when out and about,” he said.
“Access to public Containers for Change bins and exchange points gives our community a real chance to dispose of their waste and recyclable materials as carefully while at the footy or watching Coldplay, as they do at home.
“We warmly welcomed the engagement from VenuesLive as they sought solutions that would enable a 90 to 100 per cent container recycling rate at Optus Stadium and congratulate them and Veolia on their commitment to resource recovery.”
The bright green 240L bins will be located across the stadium’s public concourses and premium public terraces, as well as through numerous back-of-house locations. Each bin will hold up to 240 eligible drinks containers.