Go Green ASC – Waste Management

What are we doing?

Conferences and events today generate enormous amounts of waste, leaving a lasting environmental footprint. A delegate typically discards 1.89kg of waste per day, 1.16kg of this goes directly to landfill.

We are working on maximising our diversion from landfill, check out what we are implementing to achieve this below:

  • Using up our on-hand supply of lanyards and name badges before we change to recycled PET lanyards with plastic-free name tags in 2022.
  • We’re implementing more digital signage instead of hard printed materials
  • We’re scraping the pocket program. As we move into the digital future, in 2021 we won’t be printing programs, the complete and up to date program is available on the Virtual Congress
  • This year, the ASC will provide unused satchels from previous ASC’s for delegates to avoid the waste of unwanted merchandise

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What can you do to help?

The ASC Sustainability Team are urging you to do your part. Here are some things you can do to assist:

  • Only take what you need to avoid rubbish ending up in landfill
  • At the end of the Congress, recycle your programs and any handouts you receive from exhibitors
  • ­­Bring a reusable water bottle. There will be water stations on-site to continuously keep you refreshed throughout the ASC
  • Bring your keep cup or reusable coffee cup with you daily
  • Bring a bag! You may find yourself accumulating products from our exhibitors. We would strongly advise you bring a reusable or recycled bag to help you carry your belongings

The MCEC’s contribution

As well as the RACS ASC Organising Committee, the MCEC have also implemented a range of waste management systems. Read below to find out more!

In Australia alone, nearly four million people experience food insecurity each year, one quarter of those are children and the Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.

The MCEC have implemented a more regimented ordering process to reduce their food wastage and since 2014 the Food and Beverage department has been working with Oz Harvest to maximise the amount of food they redistribute. In 2018/2019 Financial Year MCEC redistributed 56,277 meals through OzHarvest’s food rescue donation program. Through their partnership with OzHarvest MCEC are able to save and donate the below from landfill:

  • Bread
  • Sandwiches
  • Dessert and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetable
  • Dry goods
  • Beverages
  • Raw meats

You can learn more about OzHarvest and all the good they’re doing by clicking here.

For food that is not able to be donated, MCEC have an onsite organic dehydrator which helps to reduce their volume of organic waste by 75-80 percent, turning excess food into organic compost to help feed the environment.

To learn more about MCEC’s efforts to reduce their food waste, click here.