The management and use of waste can provide business opportunities. Our investments in Swire Waste Management and Fulcrum Bioenergy are good examples.
As part of the Tap, Return, Earn campaign initiated by Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong, a smart plastic beverage bottle deposit machine was set up at The Loop at Taikoo Place and the Town Square at Citygate Outlets. They offer rebates of HK$0.2 per bottle via Octopus cards. More than 140,000 bottles have been collected.
Cathay Pacific works with Food Angel and Feeding Hong Kong. Food Angel collects fresh food and ingredients and prepares meals for senior citizens in Hong Kong.
In 2019, Cathay Pacific donated over 2.9 tonnes of ingredients to Food Angel. Feeding Hong Kong recovers and redistributes packaged food collected from Cathay Pacific’s inbound flights. In 2019, the food collection effort was expanded to cover more flights, including both Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon operations. As a result, total food recovered and donated was increased by another 31% to over 563 tonnes.
Cooked and perishable waste is sent to Southern China, where it is recycled into animal feed, or to an organic resources recovery centre in Hong Kong for conversion into energy. The latter received 1,175 tonnes from Cathay Pacific Catering Services in 2019.
With a biodiesel company, Cathay Pacific Catering Services converts used cooking oil, 15,889 litres in 2019, into vehicle biodiesel.
Staff at Cathay Pacific Catering Services can drop plastic beverage bottles into a reverse vending machine. Via the Carbon Coin mobile app, the machine will calculate the amount of CO2 reduced and reward the users with electronic Carbon Coins. Users can then redeem rewards and benefits from a network of affiliated merchants.
Swire Coca-Cola hopes to increase packaging collection and recovery rates in its markets by giving consumers the information they need to correctly separate and dispose of its packaging. Recovery through public engagement is encouraged.
In Hong Kong, Swire Coca-Cola raises public awareness of recovery programmes through community groups and green groups at universities.
HK$2 million is being invested in improving packaging collection and a further HK$10 million is expected to be spent over five years, promoting waste sorting, clean recycling and other recovery initiatives. The aim is to send zero waste to landfills from core operations by 2025, and to help co-packers to do the same by 2030. In 2019, 51% of waste from its plants went to landfill.
In Mainland China, Swire Coca-Cola’s Tackle Waste to Win initiative has set an interim target of increasing recycling and recovery rates to 95%, across all of its bottling plants, by 2023. It is on track to send zero waste to landfill in Mainland China by the end of 2025.
In Hong Kong, Swire-Coca Cola has government approval to send organic by-products from its bottling plant to an organic resources recovery centre for conversion to compost and biogas. Wastewater sludge and damaged wooden pallets are sent to a recycler in Hong Kong, to be used as biomass fuel. All this reduces the proportion of waste going to landfill. In 2019, 51% of the waste from its plants went to landfill.