With showbiz comes waste
The Opera House is open 363 days of the year. In that time we host 2000 events and performances every year, process 2.5 million food and beverage orders across our six on-site bars and restaurants, and generate 5000 cubic metres of waste.
As a symbol of modern Australia, it’s important we demonstrate that even organisations as large, diverse and busy as ours can reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
We’ve reduced our operational waste by 50%
In 2016 we boosted our recycling rate with a new waste management program. In addition to normal ‘kerbside recyclables’ such as plastic containers, bottles, paper and cardboard, we introduced new recycling streams to better dispose of items such as fluoro lighting, organic food waste, steel and construction waste. Last year we successfully increased our operational waste recycling rates by 50%, including transferring food waste to an organics facility to be turned into energy.
We’ve turned waste to wonder
Reusing materials is a big part of what we do. We store and repurpose building materials that are unique to the Opera House and look for opportunities to give items some would consider waste a new life through our creative play and Creative Learning program. We also take every opportunity to return operational waste items like shipping pallets for reuse.
During big festivals such as Vivid LIVE we encourage reuse by providing our artists, their crew and staff with reusable items such as metal water bottles. In June 2017 Goodgod’s Soft Future Piano Bar turned the purple carpets into a zero-waste '60s piano lounge with seating made from used truck tyres. This year our Opera House Shop swapped plastic for recyclable paper bags, saving around 60,000 plastic bags each year.