Crock­ery and cut­lery for hire

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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