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City2Surf Waste Warriors Initiative

By Jordan Pearson

The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac is the LARGEST fun run in the world and we know we have an impact on Sydney - the people, the city and of course the environment! That’s why we work closely with local councils, event and supply partners to reduce our waste. We are endeavouring to reduce and remove our cups from landfill for 2018 and the future. Thanks to our good friends at Clean Oceans, BioPak, Dial A Dump and a local composting facility we have something exciting happening with our cups this year....

We have teamed up with BioPak for our on course compostable, we repeat - compostable - cups, Dial A Dump will collect and transport the cups to a local composting facility who will compost all of the cups! How great is that?! Yay #Change.

Check out what we achieved at The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon with BioPak and Dial A Dump.


BUT, we know we can do more and we are! We have some more fabulous friends helping us out on this one - Clean Oceans. Clean Oceans are an education program designed to change the purchasing behaviour of young Australians. Did you know it is predicted by 2040 there will be more plastics in the ocean than marine life? 15,000 plastic bottles are thrown away every minute in Australia. SO, help us to do something about this and let’s make a #change together.

Here is a checklist of what you can do to help at City2Surf:

  1. BYO drink bottle or purchase a Clean Oceans stainless steel drink bottle at the start or finish zones.

  2. Refill your drink bottle at the start and finish where Clean Oceans are providing self serve filtered refill stations! AHmazing right?! To ensure all of your hydration needs are met you can ask any of our drink station volunteers on course to refill your bottle too.

Now that's a good looking drink bottle.  Image: Phoebe Carden

Now that's a good looking drink bottle. Image: Phoebe Carden


We are super excited to be working with Clean Oceans and they are excited to work with us too! “It is heartening to see that such a big event and company (Fairfax Media) is putting their hand up to help fight the battle to reduce waste on our Planet... that really excites all of the Clean Oceans tea. Our partnership will allow us to spread our message to a huge number of people. Clean Oceans is an education, prevention and healthy living program which we believe really aligns with the City2Surf event” - Brett Pattinson, Co-Founder of Clean Oceans.

Help us help Clean Oceans turn the tide on plastics from entering our oceans.

Keep your eyes peeled for the self serve refill drink stations.  Image: Brett Pattinson

Keep your eyes peeled for the self serve refill drink stations. Image: Brett Pattinson


But wait, there’s more - we are so pleased to share that our event partners also have their own initiatives taking place too!


adidas is working hard to fight marine plastic pollution, in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, raising $1 million in donations this year alone. Together they are spinning the problem into a solution, the threat into a thread. I am sure you are intrigued, right?

For 2018, adidas has also launched a limited edition UltraBOOST Parley and the UltraBOOST Parley Deep Ocean Blue, a visual representation that marine plastic pollution is not just a surface issue. As one of the leading sportswear brands in the world, adidas will continue to safeguard the oceans for future generations. You can support this initiative and get yourself a pair of fresh kicks at adidas.com.au/Parley.



Seiko is committed to preserving the marine environment with the Save the Ocean collection. Through this commitment, a portion of the proceeds of the Prospex Save the Ocean collection watches will go to the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Centre. The centre is an institution created to make a direct and positive contribution to the health of our oceans.

Not to mention these watches will catch eyes all around town as they were designed from a symbol of our great oceans, the whale. Be sure to pick up one of these special edition watches and help out a great cause.


City2Surf is committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We ask that you support us on Sunday, August 12 by either BYO drink bottle or purchasing a drink bottle and using the Clean Ocean refill stations. Alternatively, use the compostable cups on course and place them in a big yellow Dial A Dump skip bin to make sure they make their way to a local composting facility to transform into compost!

Enter before 5pm on Saturday August 11 to participate in the world’s largest fun run for 2018!