Collection Theme: Green Games 2000
Collection Museum: Powerhouse Museum
Acknowledgements: Gift of the New South Wales Government, part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection.
Registration No.: 2001/84/521
Dimensions: L260Max Dia: 130Bar: L200W205

Statement: Dog tidy bags and dispenser, plastic, metal, Green Games, Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, bags made by Mater-Bi and supplied by Bio Pack c.2000

Description: Dog tidy dispenser, dark green, metal, cylindrical shaped, rectangular slot on one side, ends are bolted on and attached to pole through center that plastic bags are wound on. Welded though center is a metal bar with two holes at each end. The plastic bags are yellow with diagrams of how to use the bag and black text: ?Bio Pack/ Degradable Dog Tidy Bag/ The Environmentally Friendly and/ non-toxic solution to the management of Dog Waste?..?.

Statement of Significance: This is an example of the metal dog-tidy dispensers and biodegradable dog tidy bags that appeared at Olympic Park throughout the Games. The dispenser itself attaches to a post or railing, and holds a roll of joined dog tidy bags. A German company, Mater-Bi, made the bags from raw material, processing them in conventional plastic extrusion and bag blowing equipment. An Asian subsidiary of the United States company, Biocorp Incorporated, then supplied the bags for use at the Sydney 2000 Games. It also supplied around 1 million other biodegradable bags in 70, 120 and 240 litre varieties. The Australian company, Cleanevent, distributed these bags as part of its waste management services at the Games.

From 1995, SOCOG developed an ambitious environmental agenda to recycle and compost up to 80 per cent of all waste arising from the Sydney 2000 Games. (The remaining 20 per cent would be destined for landfill.) This agenda, called The Sydney 2000 Integrated Waste Management Solution, was part of Sydney?s promise to deliver the first eco-friendly Olympic Games.

The Sydney 2000 Integrated Waste Management Solution was an holistic approach to waste management. Disposable products, ranging from food packaging to building materials, would be recyclable or bio-degradable, and waste management stations (three large, colour-coded bins for the collection of biodegradable and recyclable material) would be installed for public use at all Olympic venues. From here, refuse would be taken to extensive bio-waste facilities or to recycling centres built especially for the Games.

Around 5000 tonnes of waste passed through the Sydney?s Auburn Waste Transfer Station during each week of the Sydney 2000 Games. Recyclable material was then transferred to a waste management centre at Narellan, and compostable material was sent to a second centre at Eastern Creek. The Eastern Creek Waste Management Centre processed up to 60 tonnes of compost material during each day of the Games. This material was combined with shredded green waste, turned and watered regularly, and left until May 2001 to ferment. It was then screened for non-degradable material, and prepared for sale at horticultural markets in Sydney.

To supplement this waste management system, SOCOG sought out new ranges of recyclable and biodegradable cutlery and food packaging. Cardboard cups and food containers, paper food wrap, cornstarch cutlery, and sugar-cane fibre plates became standard items at Olympic food outlets. After use, they were deposited in maroon bins at waste stations, and transferred to Eastern Creek for composting. Cardboard boxes were also stationed around administrative areas to collect general waste and recyclable materials.

Designed: Bags designed by Bio Pack, c.2000

Made: Bags made by Bio Pack c.2000 for use at Olympic Park during the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Used: Unused

Owned/Exchanged: Made for and owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum after use in the Games.

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