Casino hotel company Melco Resorts announced their plans to phase out single-use plastic items step-by-step over several years.
Melco is the first resort operator to sign The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, an initiative led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment. Melco said they want to reduce the use of problematic plastics in their announcement of the environmentally-friendly move.
Melco operates resorts in Macau and Manila and is a Hong Kong-based company. By signing the agreement, Melco committed to eliminating all single-use plastic bottles for employees by the end of 2020. Amenity kits, garbage bags, plastic bottles, straws, disposable F&B containers and utensils are next on the cutting board for Melco.
“we recognize plastic pollution is a global challenge and will endeavor to eliminate problematic plastic by placing this at the forefront of our sustainability efforts.”
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the campaign in October 2018, and it plans to address the world’s problematic use of single-use plastic.
“we believe we need to leave our environment in a better state for the next generation.”
Melco’s competitors MGM China and Sands China have announced similar measures to ban plastic straws among other plastic products.