What is your Plastic Footprint?

Do you know how much waste you produce every day? 

In Hong Kong in 2022*, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), which includes domestic, industrial and commercial waste, was equal to 1.51kg/person of waste every day – that is over 550kg a year or 2.2 tonnes for a family of 4!

There is no doubt that we all have to reduce our waste. And with waste charging starting on August 1, 2024, we can all take a closer look at reducing our waste in order to save money as well.

Will you take on the challenge and do a Plastic Footprint Investigation to find out the size of your plastic footprint?

*latest gov’t statistics available

What do I need to do?

  1. Collect, clean and store all the plastic waste you create in a specific period of time, i.e. one week. You may wish to do this with all of your non-organic waste.
  2. At the end of the time period, lay out everything on the floor or a table and categorise it by what it’s used for. For example: bags, personal care products, food packaging, takeaway containers, etc.
  3. Record the amount with a photo and make a list of all you use.

Now the real challenge begins!

  • What plastic habits can you change?
  • How can you use less plastic?
  • Can you switch to reusables for any of these items?
  • Can you get some of the products package-free?
  • Which retailer or manufacturer could you contact to request that they reduce their packaging?
  • Is there anything you can avoid/stop buying because of the waste it creates?

 

Share the challenge and inspire others to do the same!

Plastic Footprint Investigation