Greening UIA2014


The Durban ICC has in place, an established programmme of environmental initiatives, stretching to every aspect of the operation.

As the venue for the UIA2014 Durban, these initiatives fit comfortably with the Congress’ commitment to running an event with a reduced carbon footprint.


Some of the actions taken by the ICC Durban include:

  • The safe disposal of general waste done by Durban Solid Waste (DSW).
  • Sorting and recycling of - paper, glass, cardboard, cans, hard plastic,PET, polystyrene and mixed plastic done by Durban Solid Waste (DSW).
  • Recycling bins allocated to exhibition venues.
  • Safe disposal of fluorescent tubes through an accredited service provider.
  • Recycling of used cooking oil.
  • Food waste disposal system.
  • Safe disposal of biohazard waste through an accredited service provider.
  • Recycling and safe disposal of E-Waste e.g. printer cartridges and old PC equipment.
  • Chemicals used for cleaning are food grade and environmentally friendly.
  • Gardening and landscaping maintained by a professional greening company and use of indigenous vegetation to decrease or eliminate the need for irrigation.
  • On-site sustainable herb garden for use by the culinary department.
For more about the ICC’s Greening initiatives visit


Congress Bags

The 4000 delegate bags are being produced by a company which aims to make a difference to the environment, whilst creating employment, up-skilling and uplifting communities. These upcycled bags are produced from re-engineered promotional banners.

Water Usage

Consistent monitoring including utility bills, municipal water meters and additional in-house water meters.

Electricity usage

Consistent monitoring, including utility bills and meters.

Furniture and Artwork

Furniture and artwork for the Spatial Legacy Projects are being procured through development initiatives and community arts and fabrication initiatives. Recycled material will be used for the palette furniture and recycled plastic for the leaves of the trees.

The furniture is all recyclable and will be recycled at the end of the street activation. After the UIA event the City's public consultation process will take place IN the street!


Step 1:

Collection of the old banners.

Step 3:

In the manufactoring process each staff member has a particular function, from cutting the pattern to binding the bag.

Step 2:

Cleaning of the banners. In most cases the waste material is left outside, so the cleaning process is a lengthy one as the material is very dirty.

Step 4:

The final product.