WORKING TOGETHER TOWARDS ZERO WASTE
Towards Zero Waste is an initiative launched at Smart City Expo World Congress in 2015 in order to reduce waste and increase the efficient use of our resources, working in-line with the event's core concepts of creating efficient, inclusive and sustainable cities.
For the second year running at the 2016 edition, Smart City Expo World Congress adhered to the Towards Zero Waste initiative which is based on the three main ways to generate less waste according to the European Commission's Circular Economy strategy: the use of less materials, reusing and recycling products and no alimentary waste.
TOWARDS ZERO WASTE 2016
These were some of the ways that visitors, exhibitors and the events themselves contributed to Towards Zero Waste:
USE OF LESS MATERIALS
- Introduction of electronic management in procedures for invoicing and subscription to services.
- At the end of the events, all the paper used in the stands was collected.
- QR code points were set up at strategic places throughout the events venue to download the congress app.
- 28 Magazines related to the subject of the event could also be downloaded.
NO FOOD WASTE
- Containers for separating organic waste were available at restaurant centers and temporary dining areas.
- Any food left over was donated to the NGO Nutrition Without Borders to be distributed and used by community kitchens.
- Menus were served with compostable utensils.
- Solar panels were installed on the roof of the venue, thus a large percentage of the energy used by the events came from renewable sources.
- Carpet from the passageways as well as stand carpeting was reused after the events.
- The material of 72 stands was also reused after the events.
- Other materials, such as plants, were donated to several local associations.
KEY FIGURES FOR TOWARDS ZERO WASTE 2016
- 276KG OF LEFT OVER FOOD DONATED
- 1,776KG PAPER NOT WASTED
- 6,000MENUS SERVED WITH COMPOSTABLE UTENSILS
- 680KG OF ORGANIC WASTE COLLECTED
- 17,000METERS OF CARPET REUSED
- 1,400M2 OF STAND MATERIAL REUSED
Discover the Towards Zero Waste collaborators
ake a look at the list of exhibitors who collaborated in the 2016 Towards Zero Waste initiative, ensuring part of their stand materials were recycled or reused at the end of the event.