Aussie resort to eliminate 179,000 plastic bottles per year through new initiative

The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast is taking a step toward sustainability with a new plastic-free initiative.

Delivered by water solution company, Vestal Water, the initiative is two-fold.

Firstly, the resort has installed Zip HydroTaps – a tap system that delivers pure-tasting, chilled water – throughout public spaces as water refill stations for guests, with others in Sheraton Gold Coast’s restaurants and venues.

Plastic bottles have also been replaced with either glass or aluminium bottles in guestrooms, with reusable branded aluminium bottles on offer for guests to use and refill during their stay, and even purchase to take home afterwards.

In the hotel’s restaurants, bars and event spaces, reusable glass bottles are refilled by hotel associates and served to guests.

As a result, the initiative is set to eliminate 179,000 plastic bottles from landfill each year.

“We are leading the way in going plastic-free,” Mark Sexton, general manager at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, said.

“With sustainability taking centre stage, we are thrilled to be on track to save 270 kilograms of plastic waste by August 2020, and a staggering 1.5 tonnes of waste by 2025.”

The initiative has been under testing at the resort since September 2019, and stems from its ongoing commitment to reducing its footprint and delivering a long-term goal of removing plastic bottles.

It also complements Marriott International’s Serve 360 program – the company’s dedicated global sustainability and social impact program that aims to decrease landfill, reduce food waste and reduce water and carbon intensity.

“Due to its success, the initiative is set to expand to other Marriott International hotels in Australia over the coming year,” Sexton said.

“We are extremely proud to pioneer this progress and the expansion of this initiative to further reduce the use of plastic and continue the trend amongst other Marriott International hotels.”