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The Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Lantern or Lunar Festival, is a major cultural event on the Chinese calendar. Along with hanging lanterns to bring prosperity, a lot of people chow down on delicious treats known as mooncakes. They’re called that because they typically have a salted egg yolk in the center, which symbolizes the full moon.
But one downside to this tradition is waste. Every year, millions of boxes of these mooncakes are given as gifts, and millions also end up in Hong Kong landfills – which are already nearly filled to the brim.
So, what can you do to prevent all this waste? For one, it's important to correctly recycle those mooncake boxes. There are also collection points set up by NGO Feeding Hong Kong around the city that are happy to take on your extra (unopened) mooncakes and give them to charities that help the vulnerable in the city. They’ll be taking on the mooncake madness through September 25. So don’t toss those excess mooncakes – give them to someone in need!