By Adelaide Convention Centre, 21 August, 2013

The Adelaide Convention Centre has become a signatory to the national FluoroCycle Scheme and will champion fluorescent light recycling alongside iconic buildings like Sydney Opera House.


Adelaide Convention Centre has been recycling its lights including those containing mercury for over 5 years.


However, the Centre saw an opportunity to encourage greater take up of light recycling in the commercial and industrial sectors by becoming a signatory to the FluoroCycle Scheme.


The Centre announced its commitment to the scheme at an event it hosted recently to mark the handover of the previously government funded scheme to Lighting Council Australia by Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water, The Hon Amanda Rishworth, MP.


Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Officer Alec Gilbert said a key part of the Centre’s Gold Service Green Attitude philosophy is leading by example and encouraging others to follow.


“Unfortunately, many lights containing mercury still end up in landfill each year, posing a risk to the environment and human health, said Mr Gilbert.


“We hope that by becoming a signatory to the Fluorocycle Scheme more organisations will join and recycle lights as part of their sustainability program.”


Adelaide Convention Centre’s own sustainability practices, which include waste minimisation and reducing water and energy use, have paved the way for others in the Australian conferencing industry.


The Centre is now on the verge of becoming the first convention in the world to achieve Gold Certification under the globally recognised EarthCheck Environmental Program.


Mr Russell Loane, Chairman, Lighting Council Australia thanked the Adelaide Convention Centre for hosting the Official Launch of the scheme and congratulated it on recently joining FluoroCycle.

“We understand that the Centre has been recycling its waste lighting for some time as part of its very impressive and comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability, said Mr Loane.


We would like to acknowledge the Centre’s commitment to recycle and its commitment to promote the FluoroCycle scheme to other South Australian organisations.”


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Source: Adelaide Convention Centre