Hong Kong has a packed event calendar all year round. We have markets and festivals and community gatherings and fairs. For those of us that lucky enough to live here, it makes weekends super fun. There’s only one problem: events cause so much waste! Disposables, single-use plastics, trash…most Hong Kong events are landfill-fillers so to speak. With the zero waste awakening taking place across the city, we wanted to shine a light on some great social enterprises and eco initiatives helping event planners make their shindigs as low waste as possible with refillable water dispensers, tree gifting, solar powered speakers and reusable dinnerware, there are many ways to lower your event’s landfill footprint.
1. Rent Reusable Plateware & Utensils
Social enterprise WeUse offers reusable plateware (utensils, glasses, plates, bowls) for rental, including a cleaning service, for F&B events across Hong Kong- they deliver everywhere. They help event organizers reduce waste for festivals, annual dinners, corporate parties, weddings and more by replacing disposable cutlery with high quality washable serveware. According to them, 175 tons of disposable tableware is sent to the landfill every day (!) and so far, WeUse has averted 30 thousands pieces just last year. We love!
2. Source A Packaging-Free & Plant-Based Caterer
3. Install a Filtered Water Dispenser
4. Recycle Responsibly
No matter how diligent you are, your event will produce some waste, and most probably some of it will be recyclable, whether it’s glass bottles or metal containers or even a little bit of plastic. Be a responsible event organizer and work with a company like HK Recycles to arrange for collection of all your recyclables. Not only do they offer residential & commercial buildings a regular recycling pickup service, thanks to their Single Collection option, you can guarantee that whatever can be recycled at your event will be transported to the appropriate recycler parties.
5. Gift A Tree