Being the first integrated resort operator to step up its drive to eliminate single-use plastic in its takeaway packaging last year, MGM proudly announces that the Company has successfully removed all single-use plastics and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives at all of its restaurants. The milestone marks a significant step towards the reduction of food and beverage plastic packaging waste in Macau which will save 4.5 million pieces of single-use plastic per year from being disposed of into the environment.
Since last year, MGM has been launching efforts to reduce its own plastic footprint by phasing out single-use plastic in all of its restaurants, such as straws, cutlery and takeout containers, as part of its ongoing commitment to implementing sustainable best practices across all development areas. Taking the pledge further, the Company has taken steps to make its takeaway packaging more recyclable, and to ensure all new designs avoid the use of unnecessary plastic. Significant changes that have been implemented include swapping plastic takeout bags to paper bags; using compostable and biodegradable takeout containers and cutlery; offering customers with biodegradable straws upon request.
“Reducing plastic waste is a small act that creates a ‘ripple effect’ towards wider change,” Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “As one of Macau’s key integrated resorts with prominent presence, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to lead the local hospitality industry in a plastic-free movement. We have acknowledged that this is only the beginning of the journey, and we know there is more that can be done. We will continue our efforts in working with the government and industry partners to introduce many more positive steps toward sustainability.”
Work with Local SMEs to Create Synergistic Effect
While MGM pours its best efforts into bettering the community, it fosters sustainability through sourcing from local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) where possible. Ray Loi, local young entrepreneur from a SME in Macau called Sum Lei Ltd, who became MGM’s major vendor of eco-friendly cutlery in the process, said, “MGM is the first integrated resort operator to show interest in our eco-friendly products and to collaborate with us. We have devoted lots of efforts in sourcing materials that satisfy MGM’s requirement in sustainability, at the same time we appreciate MGM’s support to local SMEs as always. As this is becoming a trend in Macau, we think soon after MGM puts those eco-friendly cutlery in service, more companies will take similar steps and join this global anti-plastic movement.”
Stephen Chau, from MGM’s wet napkin vendor Chau Pek Kei, said, “We especially sourced the alternative material from Singapore to produce a fully degradable packaging for MGM and also for the environment, as MGM’s philosophy of sustainability aligns with ours. As a local Macau reputed business, we are committed to promoting substitute products for plastic, and we hope companies are willing to go far beyond in the name of environmental sustainability.”
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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