Centara Hotels & Resorts is marking this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) and Ocean Day (June 8) events with the revival of its successful 2019 Plastics Only, Please (P-O-P) campaign to raise awareness and take action against plastic waste.
As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, all Centara’s properties will feature P-O-P sculptures – wire sea life creations – that serve as bins for plastic waste found on or around the beach from June 5 to 30.
These ‘plastic-eating’ sculptures collected over 400kg of plastic waste in 2019 with the aim to lessen the burden of plastic in local landfills and ensure reusable plastic materials were recycled and reused properly rather than thrown away.
Throughout this initiative, guests and staff are encouraged to collect plastic refuse and “feed” it to the hungry P-O-P creatures. At the end of each week, Centara’s waste management teams will remove the contents, weigh the trash, and prepare it for sorting and delivery to local recycling facilities.
“After the success of our Plastics Only, Please campaign in 2019, we are looking forward to achieving even greater results this year with a new range of P-O-P sculptures to be featured at our incredible beachfront properties,” said David Good, executive vice president, hotel operations, Centara Hotels & Resorts.
By 2025, Centara targets to have 100 per cent of its properties certified as sustainable by accredited certification bodies as a key element of the organisation’s long-term sustainability objectives and eliminate single-use plastic items to minimise environmental impact across the entire guest journey.