News & Public Notices
The City of Kingston's Grand Theatre proudly presents: a single-use-plastic-free facility!
December 5, 2019 -
Kingston's historic Grand Theatre, a downtown landmark and favourite cultural venue, has become the first City facility to eliminate single-use plastics from its concessions. The move comes just in time to significantly reduce waste during the busy holiday season.
Aside from being inherently wasteful, many single-use plastics, such as plastic cutlery and drinking straws, cannot be recycled and end up in landfills, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
"Patrons to The Grand Theatre who visit the concession can now enjoy their favourite beverages and snacks in compostable or completely recyclable packaging," says Dianne Zemba, Manager at The Grand Theatre.
Acting on Council direction, City staff has removed municipally-supplied single-use plastics from operations, introduced green, compostable alternatives, and adopted a Green Bin program.
"Council set a strategic goal to demonstrate leadership on climate action. This is just one way we're showing visitors and residents that we're committed to addressing climate change—and supporting their efforts to do the same," says Paul MacLatchy, Environment Director at the City.
City staff has been directed to remove municipally-supplied single-use plastics from The Grand Theatre and INVISTA Centre by mid-2020, and review municipal policies that are known to generate the use of non-essential single-use plastics on municipal property. This work is part of a larger initiative City staff has been directed by Council to undertake.
While there's lots of work left to do, MacLatchy maintains this is a great start. "If we want to reduce single-use plastics in our community, we need to show leadership in City facilities, and The Grand Theatre is a good place to start."