In 2015 SCEWC introduced Towards 0 Waste. The pioneering initiative to reduce waste and save resources, came about because SCEWC wanted to ensure that the event itself was also fully committed to the objectives of creating efficient, sustainable and economically viable cities. In its first year it proved to be a phenomenal success and is back in 2016 with more ways to help and the desire to do even better than last year.
According to the European Commission's Circular Economy strategy, there are three main ways to generate less waste: using less materials, reusing and recycling products and no alimentary waste. SCEWC again aims to incorporate all three of these waste reduction targets in and around the three day event.
The second edition of Towards 0 Waste at SCEWC will continue to include the same initiatives as last year but with a few new additions:
- Separate waste collection
- Use of biodegradable and compostable utensils
- Food waste will be donated to the NGO: Nutrition without Borders
- The selection of materials used during the event (modular stands, decoration…) has been designed to be recycled and or reused.
- The venue uses solar panels.
However, it is not only the SCEWC event that will be pursuing efforts Towards 0 Waste, we would like to invite everyone involved in the expo, exhibitors and visitors alike, to be a part of this initiative:
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE TO TOWARDS 0 WASTE?
- Be paperless by making online payments, invoices and contracts.
- Use 100% reusable materials for your stand so they can serve another purpose after the event. Access the Exhibitor Area to indicate which of those materials is reusable.
- Ensure you separate any non-reusable materials.
- Use downloads or digital materials to provide information about your products or solutions.
- Give us any leftover paper you have at the end of the event and we will make sure it is recycled correctly.
- Ensure you dispose of any dangerous materials correctly.
- Maximise the SCEWC App to avoid using paper programs.
- Visit the E-Kiosk to download magazines.
- Return your accreditation at the end of the event.
- Use the biodegradable and compostable utensils etc in the restaurant area.
- Throw away any trays and leftover food in the organic recycle bins.
- Use the recycle bins to throw away any paper or plastic.
WHAT TOWARDS 0 WASTE ACHIEVED AT SCEWC 2015
- 1,260RETURNED ACREDITATIONS
- 1,486KG REDUCED RESIDUAL WASTE
- 1,968SELECTIVE WASTE COLLECTED
- 57,3KG PAPER NOT WASTED
Each year a Jury of professionals from the environmental sector rewards outstanding actions in waste reduction in the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). Towards 0 waste 2015 was immensely proud to be selected as a finalist in 2016!