Friends of the Earth (HK) has always been concerned about waste issues and is committed to promote waste reduction. Given the excessive distribution and abuse of calendars, we worry that this will bring a heavy burden on the earth. We hope people will pay attention to this issue and start a new year with a green environment.
Many people have received a large number of calendars at the end of the year and it is not surprising that families have received more than ten. However, as the use of electronic diaries has increased, the demand for printed calendars has been reduced. Moreover, there are too many calendars due to the limited space available for hanging or placing calendars at home and offices. The excess of the calendar, which has been idle for a period of time, would be considered as useless and sent to landfills for a large amount of waste. In addition, due to the need to use paper and plastic (rubber rings and plastic bags) for producing the calendars, a large amount of carbon emissions are generated during the printing and shipping process. The earth's resource is wasted by discarding the unused calendar.
We have the following suggestions.
1. Oh Calendar! It’s Free!
If you have received more calendars than you need, you may put the excess in our collection box. You are welcome to take the calendar home as well to share resources and reduce waste. Please browse our website for more collection points.
Friends of the Earth (HK)
Address: Unit 1301-1302, 13/F, Block A, Sea View Estate, 2 Watson Road, Hong Kong (Map https://goo.gl/685Pws
Collection Hours: 9:00a.m.- 6:00p.m. (Monday to Friday)
The Church of United Brethren in Christ - Tuen Mun Integrated Centre Youth Social Service
Collection Hours: 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. / 7:00pm – 9:30p.m. (Monday to Friday)
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. (Saturday)
Hong Kong Children & Youth Services – Fanling Integrated Services Centre
Address: 2/F., Government Accommodations, Grand Regentville, 9 Wo Mun Street, Luen Wo Hui, Fanling (Map https://goo.gl/nVepA4
Collection Hours: 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. / 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. (Tuesday to Friday)
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. / 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. / 7:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. (Saturday)
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. / 2:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. (Sunday)
Kai Shing Management Services Limited – Metroplaza
Collection Hours: 8:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. (Monday to Friday)
8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (Saturday)
This programme will end at 31 January 2018.
2. No Abuse from Business and Political Organisations
Business and political organisations often print calendars for different needs and distribute them to customers or the public. Please estimate the quantity carefully and print it on recycled paper.
3. No Abuse from Public
The public should count the number and consider the style of calendars they need for their home and office, and receive or purchase the calendars according to their actual needs. If you have got more than you need, please give to your relatives and friends as soon as possible to reduce waste.
4. Tear Off Before Recycling
For easier recycling of your 2017 calendar, separate the plastic parts from the papers and bring the recyclables to the right recycle bins.