LACC: Ban on single-use plastic bottles

Ban on single-use plastic bottles

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The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by ASM Global, has announce a ban on single-use plastic bottles throughout the facility. Levy Restaurants, the LACC's exclusive food and beverage partner, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminium bottles throughout cafés and catering operations. Beverages sold in the Center's vending machines have followed suit.

"As an environmentally responsible facility, this was an obvious next step", said Ellen Schwartz, general manager of the LACC. "The long-term cost of single-use plastic to our environment was something we could no longer ignore." Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal to eliminate plastic bottles throughout city-owned facilities includes replacing single-use plastic water bottles with sustainable alternatives, including recyclable aluminium, glass, or certified compostable material.
„As an environmentally responsible facility, this was an obvious step.“
Ellen Schwartz, general manager, LACC
"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", said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I applaud the Convention Center for making this change and look forward to continuing the push to make our city spaces a model for sustainable economic growth."

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. "Fill Up Here" signs have been added to each hydration station to encourage guests to take advantage of the city's clean/safe water supply.