Over 90% of the waste generated in our office and retail portfolio comes from building users like our tenants. In 2020, we introduced a number of initiatives that use smart technology to better understand waste generation behaviours and find ways to reduce it.
Both Taikoo Li Sanlitun and INDIGO in Beijing introduced a smart bin system in their refuse rooms. The system at Taikoo Li Sanlitun was made contactless to maintain hygiene, with the bins opened via an access card. At both properties, smart scales are embedded in the systems to capture the disposal time, type of waste and weight. Data is then collated and made available through a mobile application.
Meanwhile, between May and September 2020, Taikoo Place ran a Smart Waste Pilot Programme in collaboration with tenants to measure tenant recycling rates and seek improvement opportunities. Around 90% of office tenants in Lincoln House participated in this five-month pilot, where waste and recyclables generated by tenants were monitored via a smart scale, QR code scanner and cloud-based web platform.
With support from the Swire Pacific Sustainable Development Fund, we will continue to explore the use of smart technologies to monitor tenant waste generation and tailor our tenant-facing circularity initiatives.