SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE: Cultivating Creativity and Compostability

The Sydney Opera House has committed to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from all venues and restaurants by 2023.

The Sydney Opera House plays an integral role as Australia’s premier tourist destination and as one of the busiest performing art centres in the world. Welcoming almost 11 million people and hosting more than 1,800 events annually (source), it’s no wonder why the Sydney Opera House is heralded as the symbol of modern Australia. 

From 2017 to 2019, The Opera House managed to divert 2.2 million straws and 30,000 plastic cups from landfill and also offset 17,500 tonnes of carbon annually. However, with the increasing amount of foot traffic the landmark sees on a daily basis, they know that ramping up efforts is the only way to keep up with their sustainability goals. That’s why from 2020 to 2023, The Opera House has committed to recycle 85% of operational waste by 2023 and eliminate single-use plastic packaging from all venues and restaurants. 

The Sydney Opera House is now diverting organic waste from landfill with composting. By composting waste, The Sydney Opera House is helping close the loop and recycle waste back into nutrient-rich compost.

Not only is The Sydney Opera House celebrating creativity and diversity but it is also championing environmental sustainability for future generations of artists, performers and visitors.

*Header image courtesy of The Sydney Opera House