Ministry of Sport

Sydney Showground Goes Eco Friendly & Bans Single-Use Plastics

Australia’s Sydney Showground has continued its efforts to become more environmentally friendly, partnering with WISE to ban single-use disposable plastic drinking cups.

Starting in March, the multi-year agreement with WISE, It’s In Your Hands (www.itsinyourhands.com.au), will see a supply of re-usable cups distributed from venue run outlets and bars at the venue.

RAS Chief Executive, Brock Gilmour, said the WISE re-usable cup is a fantastic solution to eliminate single-use cups going to landfill.

“The WISE cups are a sensible and practical answer to a growing environmental issue,” Gilmour said.

“Additionally, re-usable cups will significantly reduce daily post-event cleaning costs and assist with improved waste management.”

WISE Chief Executive and co-founder, Craig Lovett, said; “We are excited to be launching our product at Sydney Showground.

“Their diversity in events they run, including functions, exhibitions and sporting events, makes the venue the ideal platform for us to apply our product and capabilities.

“Our market research and trials over the past two years have proven the Australian venue and event industry and their customers are desperately looking for an alternative to disposable single-use plastics.

“WISE is that solution”.

With over five million disposable plastic cups going to landfill in Australia each month, Almost 96% of respondents wanted to see single-use cups being eliminated.

“Patrons are strongly in favour of donating their $1 returnable deposit to charity,” said Mr Lovett.

“They are contaminating our land and are ending up in waterways, rivers and beaches, The WISE solution empowers patrons and venue management to actively participate in the War-On-Waste and make a significant environmental change,” he added.

WISE cups were used at the HSBC Sydney 7s tournament at Sydney Showground last month.

Shaun Carney

Shaun Carney