Melco Resorts and Entertainment has been a part of the first group of signatories to the initiative ‘Global Tourism Plastics’ which aims to fix problem pollution.
The global initiative to combat plastic waste is driven in partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation by the UN Environment Program and the World Tourism Organization.
Melco aims to push action locally, share information and catalyse collective progress around the tourism and hospitality industry as part of the group’s new initiative to tackle the root causes of problematic plastic waste and emissions.
In addition, by 2025, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative needs tourism organisations to agree to a collection of specific and actionable commitments.
These include removing problem-sensitive or unused plastic packaging and products by 2025, switching from single-use to reusable versions or reusable alternatives by 2025, changing the supply chain to 100% reusable , recyclable or compostable plastic packaging, taking steps to increase the amount of recycled content in all plastic packaging and used objects,
Denise Chen, senior vice president and Melco Resorts and Entertainment ‘s chief sustainability officer, explained: “We are pleased with the leadership position we have taken to sign up to the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and now the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, which represents another step forward on our path towards zero waste and circular economy leadership.
“As a leading integrated resort operator and responsible corporate citizen, we understand it is essential to step up and take action to combat the issue of problematic plastics and the resultant pollution it causes and are committed to continue to integrate this into our core business strategy as a key focus area across our daily operations.”