[September 13, 2018, Macau] Sustainability is at the heart of the philosophy and culture of MGM. In an effort to tackle plastic pollution, MGM announced that the Company will stop using all single-use plastics, and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives at all of its restaurants in the first quarter of 2019. These include plastic straws, drinkware, take-out containers, cutlery, and many more. MGM estimates that this initiative will remove more than 860,000 plastic straws and more than 470,000 plastic take-out containers a year from the environment.
In July 2018, MGM Resorts International announced that single-use plastic straws will only be served upon request at its company-operated restaurants in the U.S. Shortly after the pledge by its parent company, MGM began phasing out plastic straws and other single-use plastics at all of its restaurants in Macau this August. At the same time, MGM is minimizing its food packaging to reduce packaging waste and alleviate the problem of waste disposal. The initiative has gained support and positive responses from customers thus far.
Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “As one of Macau’s largest integrated resorts with prominent presence, MGM is proud to be the pioneer in phasing out all single-use plastics. We hope to encourage more local businesses to join force with us and to increase the environmental awareness of our customers. Plastic straws and other single-use plastics are having detrimental impacts on the natural environment and our next generation. By making the right decision today, we would like to turn the tide on plastic pollution and contribute to the sustainable development of Macau.”
With the vision to Create a Better Tomorrow Today, MGM integrates sustainability best practices at all levels of the company’s operations. Apart from the single-use plastics reduction program, MGM also encourages its team members to adopt waste reduction behaviors. For instance, food waste dewatering machines are added to the employee dining rooms at all MGM properties to reduce volume, weight and nasty odors of food waste, which can help alleviate the burden on land transport and incinerators. Furthermore, food waste in the employee dining rooms is being processed into organic fertilizer for the gardens in the properties.
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI is the latest addition to the MGM portfolio in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. MGM COTAI also offers Asia’s first dynamic theater and a spectacle to wow every guest who steps foot in the resort. MGM COTAI is developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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