Eliminate Single Use

Single use items may be used for only minutes, but the impact on our environment can last thousands of years.

Recycling plays an important role in managing our waste, however just nine percent of plastics ever made have been recycled. The vast majority of disposable, single-use items – straws, cutlery, shopping bags, coffee cups, takeaway packaging, individual wrappers – end up in landfill or contaminating recycling streams. We need to refocus on reduction and avoidance.

Members of the CitySwitchBetter Buildings Partnership and Sustainable Destination Partnership, are working to reduce single use items in their businesses and buildings. The pledge is voluntary, we’ll be demonstrating that Sydney businesses are committed to addressing the problem and working together to find solutions. We will be sharing resources and tips as well as celebrating success stories as this gains momentum.

 

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We've also developed a number of factsheets and video case studies to help eliminate single use plastics from your office.

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Eliminate single use from business events

Saying no to single use at events, including plastic bottles and cups, straws, plates, cutlery, condiments and communication collateral, is the best option however there are some better alternatives if saying no is not an option.  
 

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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.