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Recycling practice in Melbourne stadiums

Coke can on the floor

In Melbourne stadiums, the MCC recognises that the MCG and its events and operations have the potential to have an impact on the environment. The club is dedicated to reducing and identifying the repercussions through the Environmental Management System that has been arranged following the Australian/International Standard AS/NZS ISO.

In line with this, stadiums are committed to:

  • Have compliance with the legislative and regulatory requirements, standards and the codes of practice and frequently evaluating the compliance with such requirements.
    Continual development of the environmental performance and best procedures in environmental management through the completion of the EMS.
  • Preventing pollution by responsibly managing stadium activities and events.
  • Measurement and minimising the resource consumption; especially energy and water that use the associated stadium operations and processes.
  • Waste management practices in place that identify the opportunities to reuse, reduce and recycle and encourage the use of recycling depots.
  • Minimising the greenhouse gas emissions by using the ozone-depleting substances in all development events and activities at all venues.
  • Engage in the return and earn concept.
  • Communicating the procedures and policies that are in the EMS to all contractors, staff, stakeholders, suppliers and the adoption of environmentally sound practices.
  • Regular evaluation of the success of the policy and report it to the senior management and the MCC committee. This involves active feedbacks, follow-ups and continuous improvement.
Stadium grass

Carrying out these commitments provides a framework to set environmental targets and objectives that help to form the basis for the EMS. All staff, suppliers, contractors and stakeholders are encouraged to adopt these business practices and make the success of such a policy part of their primary goal.


This section requires utmost care and planning when it comes to large stadiums that generate plenty of waste on a daily basis. Regardless of their customers and visitors engaging gin active and careful recycling and segregation of general from recyclable wastes, it is still very important for the stadium to take their own initiative. The MCC adhere to five fundamental guiding principles to improve their performance in any waste management:

  • Reduce all unrecyclable waste
  • Reuse materials where it is possible
  • Promote recycling by having the appropriate infrastructure
  • Educate the employees, contractors and patrons
  • Use landfill as a last resort

The MCC coordinates its employees, patrons and contractors to maintain the maximum effectiveness of the management waste strategy. The club is also an active participant in the Loop recycling program. It encourages the practice of reuse and constantly keeps an effort to encourage all their members of the practice. The training modules for any position within the stadium has this as their primary requisite. Sustainable living and working begin here.


There has been a commitment to the upkeep of the MCG and stadium turf for the hosting on different major events under a water conservation plan for a while now.
One thing that has helped to reduce water usage is the sand profile on the ground, which has reduced water consumption by more than a million litres annually without lowering the turf quality. Any projects related to water consumption and reduction of any wastage has been prioritised as high importance as these have caused numerous issues in the past. A slight mishap and it may cause the instant demise of the project.

Can and paper

The MCC is conscious of its community and social responsibility towards how it uses water. There are different measures currently in place or currently being examined to make sure that the MCC is using our precious resource responsibly and optimally. They have actively taken part in corporate social responsibility towards its people. Regardless of whether the season is busy or off, the stadium always ensures they are engaged in active recycling and encourage and clean and green surrounding.

One significant water-saving project in the Melbourne stadiums history is involved with installing a water recycling plant located in Yarra Park that has reduced the amount of water used by up to 50%. Other water-saving measures being used currently is the harvesting of water from the sky, which is being collected inside a 1.5 million litre storage tank.


The MCC has undertaken an energy efficiency upgrade which converts the MCG into an environmentally sustainable stadium for various events. There has been enough electricity saved to power the light towers for up to six years. The program of works has resulted in the MCG being able to generate enough energy savings annually to power at least 835 houses. They have ensured the optimal utilisation of their resources to result in sustainable energy consumption and all those initiatives that would benefit their people, economy and the environment.

The types of work involved include:

  • Replacing the existing lighting systems with energy-reducing technologies
  • Implement changes to the ventilation and heating systems
  • Installing new building management systems
  • Installing chilled water systems and a modernised room control system