the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) announced a facility-wide ban on single-use plastic bottles to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.
Levy Restaurants, the LACC’s food and beverage partner, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminum bottles in cafes and catering establishments. Drinks sold from vending machines in the center followed suit.
Ellen Schwartz, CEO of LACC, said, “As an environmentally responsible facility, this was an obvious next step. The long-term cost of single-use plastic to our environment was something we could no longer ignore.
The LACC, owned by the City of Los Angeles and operated by ASM Global, has aligned its plan with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal to eliminate plastic bottles at city-owned facilities.
Garcetti commented, “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 achieve our goals.”
Doane Liu, Director of Tourism and Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Tourism, said, “The LACC has been a leader in sustainability, not only with this effort, but in installing the largest sign ever. solar on a municipality. convention center owned in the United States.
In addition to reducing plastic pollution, the new aluminum bottles are easily refillable from any of the 21 on-site hydration stations. To date, these water filling stations have saved approximately 150,000 plastic bottles.