Waste-bust­ing trial of re-us­able cups

The Leader (Tasman) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SARA MEIJ

Dubbed a ‘‘vi­sion­ary’’ by peo­ple around her, Nelson Venues di­rec­tor Ali Law­ley is on a mis­sion to make the event in­dus­try more sus­tain­able.

Law­ley has started off with the New Zealand Cider Fes­ti­val, which her com­pany or­gan­ises, us­ing only re-us­able cups for hot and cold drinks.

If the trial re­ceives good feedback from stall own­ers as well as par­tic­i­pants, an­other three tri­als will be run at the in­ter­na­tional cricket events in

Sax­ton Oval.

Law­ley said she had al­ways been a ‘‘pas­sion­ate en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist’’ and work­ing in the event in­dus­try made her re­alise how much waste is be­ing cre­ated.

She said she tri­alled re-us­able cups for cold drinks at the Net­ball Su­per Cup in July and was keen to do the same with hot drinks.

Law­ley con­tacted Steph Fry from IdealCup in Motueka and a col­lab­o­ra­tion was formed.

Law­ley se­cured fund­ing from Nelson City Coun­cil and Tas­man District Coun­cil, enough to buy 500 of the IdealCups to use at events.

‘‘They were very sup­port­ive of the idea, be­cause ul­ti­mately it’s a waste re­duc­tion ex­er­cise and an im­por­tant part of both coun­cils’ en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies.’’

At the New Zealand Cider Fes­ti­val, ev­ery­one who pur­chased tick­ets prior to the fes­ti­val on­line re­ceived a glass for their cold drinks, which they could take home.

Chil­dren, as well as any­one who missed out on the glasses, re­ceived a re-us­able plas­tic beaker in re­turn for a de­posit, which they got back when they re­turned the beaker at the end of the fes­ti­val.

For hot drinks IdealCups were used, with two op­tions avail­able; they could ei­ther be ‘‘rented’’ by pay­ing a de­posit or they could be bought for $12.

Law­ley said at­ten­dees who al­ready owned a re-us­able cup were wel­come to bring it with them, and re­ceived 50 cents off the price of their cof­fee.

If the tri­als turn out to be suc­cess­ful, Law­ley said she was hope­ful she could roll the model out to all events in the re­gion to elim­i­nate the use of sin­gle use cups for both hot and cold drinks.

SARA MEIJ/ NELSON LEADER

Nelson City Coun­cil sci­ence and en­vi­ron­ment team leader Jo Martin, left, with Nelson Venues Ali Law­ley and Park Life Brew­ing Co. cafe and bar man­ager Bex Richards with some of the re­us­able cups that will be used at the New Zealand Cider Fes­ti­val at Founders Her­itage Park.

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