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Optus Stadium improves recycling infrastructure

July 27 2023 - News Release News Editorial

Perth’s Optus Stadium has installed 460 Containers for Change recycling bins across its site.

Optus Stadium improves recycling infrastructure

The green 240-litre bins each hold separate 240 containers and are located across the stadium’s concourses and premium terraces, as well as operational areas. 

VenuesLive has partnered with environmental company Veolia on the project to work on the waste infrastructure and signage throughout Optus Stadium. 

The venue will now feature specific bins for drinks containers, recyclables, organics and general waste. Clear signage will accompany the new infrastructure, as well as staff, who were on standby to explain the changes to guests during the recent Round 19 of the Australian Football League (AFL) season. 

An estimated 2.2 million recyclable drinks containers are sold by Optus Stadium each year, with 70% of eligible containers purchased at the venue recovered through co-mingled recycling efforts. The new infrastructure will help recovery rates increase to at least 90%. 

“The rollout of these Containers for Change recycling bins could not have come at a better time, as Optus Stadium showcases a huge series of events over the next eight months,” said David Templeman, Minister for Culture and the Arts, Sport and Recreation, International Education and Heritage in the Parliament of Western Australia. 

"We hope the millions of visitors to Optus Stadium each year get behind this initiative and create new recycling habits.” David Templeman, Minister for Culture and the Arts, Sport and Recreation, International Education and Heritage in the Parliament of Western Australia

“Western Australians are known for their love of sport and live events. This is a huge opportunity to increase recycling rates among a big audience. We hope the millions of visitors to Optus Stadium each year get behind this initiative and create new recycling habits.”

The Parliament’s Minister for Environment, Climate Action, Racing and Gaming, Reece Whitby, added: “This collaboration between Containers for Change, VenuesLive and Veolia is a game-changer. It promotes the importance of recycling and making landfill the last resort.

“Almost three-quarters of drinks containers lost to landfill are discarded by those out and about. Optus Stadium is to be commended for making these bins available to improve our recycling habits.”

Image: Nathan Hurst on Unsplash

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