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Sydney businesses take ‘no plastics’ pledge

Over 30 Sydney businesses pledged on Tuesday to dramatically reduce single use plastics in their operations.

Industry leaders came together with Lord Mayor Clover Moore to sign the Sydney Single-use Pledge.

The commitment means there will be fewer plastic bottles, straws, throwaway cups, food utensils and flyers at Sydney hotels, entertainment venues, markets, festivals, major events and outdoor spaces.

Moore said the pledge shows Sydney businesses are determined to reduce the devastating effect single-use plastics are having on the environment.

“Acting together, we can reduce our impact on the environment and show the world that Sydney businesses are leading the way to a zero waste future,” Moore said.

Studies have shown that 1 million plastic drinks bottles are purchased globally every minute, but under 50 per cent are collected for recycling. Moore said that it is “shameful that by 2050 there will be more [plastics] in the ocean than fish.”

“While recycling plays an important role in managing our waste, we need to refocus on reduction and avoidance. The city has set bold targets to reach zero waste by 2030. We must reduce the amount of waste we produce, recycle as much as possible and treat what’s left over in the most sustainable way,” added Moore.

Under the new environmental pledge, companies have to adhere to at least four actions towards to phase out seven single-use items.

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