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Optus Stadium steps up sustainability efforts with new recycling bins

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Optus Stadium operator VenuesLive has installed 460 recycling bins at the Perth venue as part of plans to step up sustainability efforts.

The Containers for Change recycling bins will each hold 240 containers and have been fitted across the stadium’s public concourse and premium terraces, as well as operational areas.

More than two million fans are expected to visit Optus Stadium over the next 12 months, according to the Government of Western Australia, which owns the stadium.

Optus Stadium sells approximately 2.2 million recyclable drink containers every year. Around 70% of eligible containers purchased at the venue have been recovered through co-mingled recycling efforts, and it is hoped this initiative will increase recovery rates to at least 90%.

VenuesLive has partnered with environmental company Veolia on the project, which has led to a major overhaul of the waste infrastructure and signage throughout Optus Stadium. Specific bins have been set up for drinks containers, recyclables, organics and general waste, with clear signage and staff on standby to explain the changes to fans.

The Containers for Change campaign was introduced in October 2020, creating over 800 jobs in Western Australia and resulting in more than two billion containers being recycled. The recycling rate of beverage containers in the state has increased from 34% to 63% during this time.

Optus Stadium joins other Western Australia destinations such as Perth Airport, AQWA, Kings Park and Rottnest Island in embracing Containers for Change.

David Templeman, Western Australia’s Sport and Recreation Minister, said: “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.

“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.”

Optus Stadium hosts AFL, NRL and cricket matches, as well as music concerts. In November, Coldplay will play two gigs at the stadium, with two P!nk concerts scheduled for next March.