The V&A Waterfront has plans to eliminate single-use plastics in the complex by the year 2025. Here are the details…
Going Green: V&A Waterfront wants plastic gone
The V&A Waterfront recently amended its tenant lease agreement to include details that will help eliminate single-use plastics in the Waterfront by 2025.
Guided by the South African Plastics Pact (SAPP), which is a ‘collaborative initiative aimed at creating a circular economy for plastic packaging’, the V&A Waterfront has included 12 single-use plastic items that are often used by tenants in the revised lease agreement.
These single-use plastic items that will have to be eliminated include: plastic barrier bags, plastic shopping bags, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, plastic stirrers, plastic pallet wrap, earbuds with plastic stems, lollipops with plastic sticks and more.
V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, said that the ‘green lease’ is being updated to mirror the precinct’s commitment to sustainability and to encourage water and waste management, energy efficiency and associated cost savings with tenants.
“It is important for the Waterfront to attract high-quality tenants willing to incorporate sustainability best practices into their operations as we invest in and implement measures to reduce the environmental impact of our portfolio of over 500,000 m2 rentable commercial and retail space in order to meet our 2035 net-zero goal.” Green said in a statement.
With over 800 tenants, the V&A Waterfront has a rather long history of developing and driving operationally-efficient sustainable buildings, promoting sustainable consumption and incentivising tenants to practice proper waste disposal and recycling methods.
These include the use of eco-bricks in construction projects and the Return-on-the-Go Plastic Cup Project at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market.
Read more about the initiative here.