ReThink HK 2022 : Video-on-Demand

Reducing the Cost of Waste: Avoidance and Recycling of Beverage Packaging

Day 2 - 6th Oct | 11:45 - 13:15

Location: Workshop A

Circular Economy


In light of the upcoming implementation of municipal solid waste charges, property managers are facing the challenge of reducing waste charges by removing recyclables from their waste stream, and sorting recyclables to maximise their value. Let’s discuss the challenges and opportunities.


  • How can property managers best work with stakeholders to reduce waste?
  • How can property managers work to grow the volume and value of recyclables? Perspectives on keeping recyclables separate

Post Event Actions

  • Understand how and where property managers can focus efforts on separating recyclables, such as via the installation of separate recycling bins for beverage containers, and making space for sorting and cleaning within or next to properties.
  • Exchange and gain insights on tenants’ and users’ waste disposal habits.


Paul Zimmerman


Drink Without Waste

Paul Zimmerman


Drink Without Waste

Paul Zimmerman is a Hong Kong environmentalist, politician and businessman. He is chairing the Single-Use Beverage Packaging Working Group, an alliance of some 50 stakeholders – from manufacturers to green groups – formed to reduce waste from beverage consumption. Its “Drink Without Waste” initiative seeks to recover 70%-90% of PET and liquid carton containers by 2025.

My Sustainability Goals for 2022:

  • Agreement on a Producer Responsibility Scheme for beverage containers in Hong Kong
  • Promote a circular economy where used packaging has a market value that incentivises recovery and re-use
  • Grow the network of water and drink dispensers in support of people bringing their own bottle

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