5 June 2019 is World Environment Day - the United Nations’ day for encouraging awareness and action to protect our environment. It is celebrated in over 100 countries and is our opportunity to do something to take care of the Earth.
The theme this year is ‘Air Pollution’ but there is also a huge focus on reducing our plastic waste.
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Bankstown Sports prides itself on continually looking for new ways to be a more sustainable organisation and we have a number of initiatives operating in our clubs to reduce our waste.
In November last year, the club signed up for The Last Straw Movement, which encourages cafes, bars and restaurants to phase out plastic straws to help save the environment. From February this year, all of our venues began phasing out plastic straws, replacing them with environmentally-friendly Austraw Paper Eco-Straws. These straws are biodegradable and compostable, and are suitable for all kinds of drinks.
Bankstown Sports recently introduced a new food waste processing system, which is going to heavily reduce our impact on the environment. The ORCA acts as a large rectangular metal stomach, which essentially breaks down organic food scraps and turns them into trade waste water, which is then treated offsite and recycled.
In March, we teamed up with Hoxton Industries, a unique specialist packaging and recycling company who will assist with the recycling of our beverage containers and E-waste. Hoxton proudly provides meaningful employment to more than 100 people who face barriers to mainstream employment, including disability and disadvantage.
Over the first two and a half months of the partnership, Hoxton has collected and recycled more than 65,000 cans, plastic and glass bottles from all of our venues, which has generated over $5,700 for the company via the Return & Earn scheme.
If you would like to meet some of our team, pop down to Bankstown Central until Sunday 9 June, where we will be handing out reusable shopping bags to visitors. You will find us near Kmart.