Food waste is a significant component of the waste sent to landfill in Hong Kong. Since 2005, when Swire Properties installed our first food decomposer at one of our Hong Kong shopping malls, we have been working with our hotels, restaurants and tenants to deepen our food waste reduction and recycling efforts. In 2022, we collected more than 8,300 tonnes of food waste from our Hong Kong and Chinese Mainland portfolios and our hotels.
In Hong Kong, Swire Properties leverages a programme funded by the Hong Kong government’s Environment and Conservation Fund to promote food waste recycling amongst our tenants. In 2022, over 75% LFA of our F&B tenants and 113 tenanted office floors in Citygate Outlets, Cityplaza, Island Place Mall, Pacific Place, South Island Place and Taikoo Place participated in our food waste recycling programme.
Food Waste Recycling Review with HKPC
In the first half of 2022, the fifth wave of COVID-19 significantly impacted our F&B tenants. In June, we began partnering with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (“HKPC”) to review the status of food waste recycling at our portfolios. We visited over 100 office and F&B tenants to understand their current food waste recycling practices, identify the support they need (such as providing bins and bags, or posters) and offer specific advice to enhance their food waste recycling performance. One F&B group also nominated 22 shops to participate in an in-depth review on food waste and recyclables management practices.
Taikoo Li Sanlitun’s Campaign Against Food Waste Featured on TV
The management office and several retail outlets at Taikoo Li Sanlitun were featured in a programme produced by Beijing Radio and Television Station (“BRTV”) that explored the city’s ongoing efforts to reduce non-household kitchen waste.
A BRTV production team visited the mall to shoot on-location video of our waste disposal equipment and management system and conduct interviews with tenant representatives from restaurants and a supermarket. The programme outlined Beijing’s new policy to impose a comprehensive weight-based charge for kitchen trash generated by restaurants, canteens and farmers' markets. It also drew attention to Taikoo Li Sanlitun restaurants that offer smaller portions, and asked the public to be mindful of reducing food waste while dining out and embrace the “Clean Plate” campaign that encourages diners to eat everything they have ordered. The programme was aired on two of the channel’s flagship shows.
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