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Almost 240 million litres saved by MCG water recycling facility

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With Australia’s National Water Week starting on Sunday, the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is celebrating saving enough water to fill almost 100 Olympic swimming pools through an innovative underground water recycling facility housed outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 

The facility, which has been in operation since December 2012, has recycled 240 million litres of water (or 96 Olympic-sized swimming pools) to date. Of that, 80 million litres has been used for toilet flushing and cleaning at the MCG.

Victoria’s first underground water recycling facility also serves Yarra Park and has produced 160 million litres of water to irrigate the parkland surrounding the MCG.

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MCC CEO Stephen Gough said:

Over the past decade Victoria has faced one of the worst droughts. We identified the provision of a sustainable water supply as one the key planks to ensuring the long-term sustainability, health and viability of Yarra Park. We’re thrilled with the volume of water saved to this point. It has substantially reduced our reliance on potable water within the stadium and it has increased park amenity for all users.

The plant produces up to 600,000 litres per day of Class A recycled water, reducing the MCG’s use of potable water by about 50 per cent.

Construction of the AUD$18m underground plant in Yarra Park was funded by the MCC. It was completed late in 2012, following a comprehensive testing regime to ensure the water quality met EPA guidelines.

In September, the facility was awarded the President’s Award at the 2014 Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards. An innovative approach to design and construction added to the facility’s ability to produce large volumes of high-quality water in such a small space.

National Water Week will be held from October 19-25 across Australia, hosted by each state and territory. While the week is about encouraging communities to take action to protect vital water sources, it’s also a celebration of innovation and water achievements that have and will contribute to Australia’s sustainable future.

Find out more about the MCC’s long-term plans for Yarra Park at: http://www.mcg.org.au.

US company stamps out cigarette butt waste at stadia, arenas & venues

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Stadium and venue owners and managers are constantly on the look out for new ways to make their facilities cleaner, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly. With the help of recycling pioneer TerraCycle, facility managers across the US can now recycle their cigarette waste.

 

Instead of the butts going to landfill, TerraCycle composts the paper and leftover tobacco and recycles the filters into plastic for industrial uses, such as pallets.

 

According to Keep America Beautiful, cigarette butts are the most frequently littered waste item. 65% of cigarette waste is disposed of improperly and accounts for 30% of litter at “transition points” where smokers must discontinue smoking before proceeding. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are not biodegradable.

 

To address the desire to rid facility grounds of cigarette waste in an environmentally-responsible way, the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena have recently joined TerraCycle’s Cigarette Waste Brigade®.

 

Chris Parker, Executive Vice President of the Predators, said he was “proud of both the building and the community for being one of the first organisations to actively rid its venue of cigarette waste”. Parker added that he “hopes this movement catches on with other stadiums”.  

 

 

Arena staff collect the discarded cigarette butts on the sidewalks outside of the Arena and in plaza areas where smoking is permitted following Predators home games and Bridgestone Arena concerts. With postage paid by TerraCycle, the boxes of butts are then shipped to a plant in New Jersey for recycling.

 

 

Managers looking for additional ways to reduce waste can also utilise TerraCycle’s new Zero Waste Boxes. These boxes enable stadiums and venues to recycle everything from cleaning supplies, plastic cups, fluorescent light bulbs, Styrofoam® and plastic cups, plates and utensils, and chewed gum.

 

 

All Zero Waste Boxes can be purchased at zerowasteboxes.terracycle.com for a variety of prices. When a box is full, it is simply shipped to TerraCycle for processing.

 

 

Since 2007, TerraCycle has used innovative recycling processes to repurpose otherwise landfill-bound consumer packaging waste into useful materials and products, such as recycled plastic lumber, industrial shipping pallets, and park benches. Between the Cigarette Waste Brigade and Zero Waste Boxes, there are almost no limits to what can be recycled.

 

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