Waste Minimisation Project
Managing and minimising our waste has long been a goal of PL's. While we recognise today that there is no way to run a "zero waste" event and that we can't blithely put out our yellow recycling bin and know that everything in it will be saved from the ever-growing landfill, we maintain high standards in our work places, for our projects and personally when it comes to awareness and best practices.
We are aided in this by Dr Sharon McIver of Our Daily Waste, an expert in waste minimisation, who we contract to manage waste at our large festivals. Check Sharon's website and facebook page for more information.
A large part of our work with Sharon is in educating and working with various parts of the community to help prevent waste. Once a business or market vendor has bought ten cartons of polystyrene plates, there is nothing the consumer and the waste management team can do to prevent those plates ending up in the landfill. So it is important that the people making the decisions about what to offer in the way of plastic/cardboard/coffee cups are on board with the goals of minimising waste.
It is wonderful to see the work that many in our area are already doing to promote re-use, avoidance of waste, composting and awareness.