Los Angeles Convention Center bans single-use plastic bottles

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Los Angeles Convention Center bans single-use plastic bottles

The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has announced a ban on single-use plastic bottles throughout the facility to celebrate Earth Day, 22 April.

Levy Restaurants, the LACC’s food and beverage partner, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminium bottles throughout cafés and catering operations. Beverages sold in the centre’s vending machines have followed suit.

Ellen Schwartz, general manager of the LACC, said: “As an environmentally responsible facility, this was an obvious next step. The long-term cost of single-use plastic to our environment was something we could no longer ignore.”

The LACC, owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by ASM Global, has aligned its plan with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal to eliminate plastic bottles throughout city-owned facilities.

Garcetti commented: “The climate crisis demands that we take bold action now to fight climate change and phasing out plastic bottles at the Convention Center is an important step we can take to meet our goals.”

Doane Liu, the chief tourism officer and executive director of the City Tourism Department at the City of Los Angeles, stated: “The LACC has been a leader in sustainability, not only with this effort, but by installing the largest solar array on a municipally owned convention centre in the US.”

In addition to reducing plastic pollution, the newly introduced aluminium bottles are easily refillable from one of the 21 hydration stations on-site. To date, these water refilling stations have saved an estimated 150,000 plastic bottles.

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