Implementing Sustainable Efforts in HiddenPark 2016

We just wrapped our annual HiddenPark event last December. Wonderful partners, wonderful activities, even more, amazing park-goers! For everyone who made the event possible we have one message: we love you!  This year HiddenPark became a pilot project to fully implement our sustainable event guideline. The aim is to produce less trash, use fewer materials, and encouraging responsible behavior – thus show the public that it’s possible to hold an event while keeping the environment in mind. The process is far than perfect and we had to think about our waste stream as Indonesia currently lacks a proper waste management system. So what did we do differently?

Waste and Material Reduction

We used our own lunch boxes for the catering, provided refill water stations & paper cups to reduce the consumption of plastic water bottles, and utilize recycled or secondhand material for our props and installations.

Plastics and Polystyrene Packaging Restriction

We asked our partners to participate in the plastics & polystyrene use reduction by changing their packaging material with paper or carton and prohibited the use of polystyrene packaging. At the end, 90% of our partners committed to our sustainable event guideline, so happy! Shout out to them for challenging the business-as-usual!

Waste Management

We helped remind park visitors to be responsible for their own waste by creating visual cues on the park’s waste bin, therefore, encouraging separation into correct waste types: compostable/food waste and recyclables. We also supported our Teh Kotak’s recycling program by providing waste bins specifically for cardboard-based waste. We then recorded the waste at the end of the campaign day. The total waste from our event is 47.04 kg recorded over the course of 7 days. Plastic bottles made up 8.2 kg and were sold to collectors to be recycled, other recyclables were also handed over to trash-pickers who would then sell them to collectors, the rest went to the waste disposal facility. Waste separation and management will continue to be a challenge in the absence of a centralized management system from local governments. Currently, the informal markets such as trash pickers and collectors absorb a very small percentage of recyclables.

Spread the Words

We distributed the sustainable event guideline to all the participants, vendors and partners and encouraged them to behave accordingly. We enlisted volunteers as advocates to encourage good behavior. We used visual signs at the park and maximized our social media to reach visitors planning to attend.

We realize that there are still a lot to be improved regarding these practices. We also still have a task on looking for the right party to process the waste we generate, but we love to explore new ways to maintain the sustainable event. Have you ever tried to make a sustainable or less waste event? Do you have any ideas on how to improve our practices? Feel free to reach us, we’d love to hear from you!