Brookfield Place dramatically cuts back single-use plastics at Perth, Sydney sites

Kim MacdonaldThe West Australian

Brookfield is using its market strength to help the environment, vowing to avoid, reduce or remove single-use plastics from its Perth and Sydney precincts.

Brookfield Place says its sites in Perth and Sydney will cut about one million single-use plastics from their buildings each year.

Brookfield’s Perth retailers will steer clear of 700,000 single-use plastics.

Products that are banned include food packaging, wrapped biscuits and lollies, plastic food wrap and water bottles, as well as plastic straws, cutlery, plates, bowls and bags.

Brookfield has ensured suppliers deliver newspapers, flowers and catering without plastic wrapping.

A water refill station in the cafe court will allow customers to avoid single-use plastic bottles.

Brookfield Properties WA manager Alison Beamish said the move “shone a light on the harmful impacts of single-use plastics on the environment”.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from our retailers at Brookfield Place Perth to this program who – by removing a range of single-use plastics from their daily offer – will this year avoid over 700,000 single-use plastics being used,” she said.

“We have also audited our base building here at Brookfield Place Perth to identify avoidable single-use plastics. As a result, we have replaced or removed a further six products from our base building areas which we estimate will result in the avoidance of more than 500,000 items of single-use plastics in the first year of our program.”

Plastic Free July Founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz said she hoped the initative would not only reduce plastic in the Brookfield precincts but also “encourage others to do so.”