Crockery and cutlery for hire
A Hamilton City Council initiative is helping local events reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, one disposable plate at a time.
The Silver Service is a self-contained mobile caravan equipped with crockery, cutlery and a dishwasher.
The concept was developed by Gourmet in the Gardens and will allow customers to hire their cutlery and crockery before returning it to the caravan for washing and reuse. This eliminates the need for disposable containers, plates and cutlery used at events.
The caravan has a cylinder which can hold 200 litres of water, and the capacity to store up to 4000 plates and bowls.
The initiative is a partnership between the council and Gourmet in the Gardens which organises food truck events throughout the Waikato. The caravan will be used at events throughout summer.
Gourmet in the Gardens director, Tania Simpson, estimates that Silver Service will divert 6000 to 7000 thousand litres of waste from landfill each night Gourmet in the Gardens is on.
“Throughout the years we have seen first-hand the amount of waste generated at food truck events. We have had various suggestions from our customers about ways we could reduce our event waste, however we wanted a solution which focused on reducing and reusing, instead of recycling or composting,” says Ms Simpson.
A percentage from the crockery hire revenue each week will be donated to Waikato Hospice.
Community groups and event organisers will also have the opportunity to hire the caravan for local events.