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Constructing value with leftover materials

Reducing waste at source is always the ‘rule no. 1’ for event planning and management. Nevertheless, we still see some leftover materials around us such as wood, foam boards, cardboards, banners, plastic wrapping, pieces of fabric, and carpet tiles when events and projects finish. Are there ways to help?

All these event leftover materials have a significant potential for reuse and recycling. We may dispose of materials and items we no longer need, while some others may have new ideas to transform and repurpose them into something creative. The University has therefore introduced a new channel to facilitate the matchmaking of these materials and help them find a new home.

ResourcesSharing@PolyU, managed by the Campus Sustainability Office, is PolyU’s first and unique online platform to facilitate the sharing of resources and exchange of event leftover materials at zero cost. It allows current students and staff to publicize information on materials they no longer need and to search for other resources they may be looking for in a hassle-free way. Students and staff can post information about their leftover items or objects on this online platform when their events and projects are over. Other users can freely browse to find what they need, and they can get in touch directly and negotiate with the owners on how to collect the items or objects. They can agree among themselves on identifying a neutral location to give/collect the items and objects. 

ResourcesSharing@PolyU welcomes staff and students to share their leftovers   Easy-to-use interface allows users to input information and images

Some people may wonder how they can make good use of those leftover materials. In fact, there are plenty of solutions and ideas. For instance, banners don’t have to be a one-time advertising piece and can be reused multiple times. They can also be repurposed into items like placemats after some trimming and cleaning processes. Unwanted cardboards and carpet tiles can be used in some other events as exhibition support to replace foam boards. We can innovate the ways we think about leftover items otherwise destined as waste, and we can work together to create a positive impact on the environment. 

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