The 'Green Magic' of the Games

A zero-waste event in the making

London Olympics Stadium

SITUATION: 8,500 tons of solid waste

  • London 2012 Olympic Games
  • 11 million people in attendance
  • London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), commit to making 2012 the very first ‘zero-waste’ Olympic and Paralympic Games, with sustainability at the heart of their vision.
     

SOLUTION: Compostable foodserviceware / Comprehensive waste stream management

  • 120 million pieces of packaging
    • 14.3 million Ingeo lined paper cups
    • 7.5 million heat resistance Ingeo lids
  • All responsibly made
  • All responsibly disposed of
  • Closed loop system, diverting all from landfill
     

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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

  • Support LOCOG in their vision to host the world’s first truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, leaving a legacy far beyond the departure of the Olympic Flame.
  • Reuse, recycle or compost over 90% of Games waste.
      

London Bio Ingeo food servicewareOUTCOME:

Re-use (tonnes):   1,716
Recycling (tonnes):   2,908 
Composting (tonnes):   1,706 
Energy Recovery (tonnes):   3,795
Other (tonnes):   48
Total (tonnes):  10,173
% of total waste re-used  
recycled and composted: 
 62%
% of total waste  
diverted from landfill: 
 100%
Source: London 2012 Post-Games Sustainability Report
 

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KEY STAKEHOLDERS

Worked with suppliers to bring in the best products to meet LOCOG's requirements

  • CountryStyle Group
  • LOCOG
  • NatureWorks LLC
  • Sita UK
     

London Olympics waste collection binsINGEO ROLE IN MEETING STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

Provided a solution to meet LOCOG's specification of compostable heat resistant hot cup lids (CPLA) & Ingeo lined hot cups.

  • Ingeo-based food serviceware and packaging products
  • Ingenious materials from plants not oil
  • 100% annually renewable product
  • USDA BioPreferred and Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified compostable
     

compostable Ingeo hot cupWHAT'S NEXT?

  • Continue the sustainability legacy of the Olympic Games by working with key partners noting recognizable waste stream logos (labeling and identification) to insure overall success.
  • Build new and strengthen existing partnerships with those involved in the Games Collaborate on sustainable events to promote the work at the Games and legacy post Games.

 

Event Outcome

62%

waste recycled, re-used & composted

100%

landfill diversion rate

Source: London 2012 Post-Games Sustainability Report

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