Farmers Market Waste Matters
Cup and Plate Library
The market has been proud of its coffee cup library which has been available for the past couple of years.
At our twelth birthday in September 2017, we launched the extension to this project - including plates, bowls and cutlery which can be borrowed at the market and are washed in our dishwasher ready for the next Saturday.
Frequenters of the Lyttelton Farmers Market (LFM) on a Saturday will have noticed our recycling and organic waste stations. Food purchased at the market and businesses often comes with packaging that ends up overflowing the council rubbish bins that are on London Street. As hosts of the market, Project Lyttelton decided to take responsibility for our part in the excess rubbish created on Saturdays. So with the help of Sharon McIver from Our Daily Waste we have installed three stations that will divert recycling and organic waste from landfill.
The recycling that is diverted will be recycled through the council’s usual processes and the organic waste is fed to our worms at the community garden. In order for the right things to get to the right bins, we spend up to an hour each week sorting through the bins, rinsing items and reducing contamination (the wrong things going in the wrong bins, dirty items in the recycling bin etc).
Generally what you can recycle at home is what you can recycle at the market – plastic bottles can be recycled if clean, their lids cannot. Tin cans and unbroken glass bottles can be recycled, as can clean paper and cardboard. Dirty paper (like brown paper bags with food remains) can go to the worm farm via the brown lidded bins.
How the system is working so far
Feedback from vendors and the market coordinators has been very positive with a noticeable reduction in the rubbish overflowing from the council bins. Spot checks throughout the day have shown a good knowledge of what is and isn’t recyclable and only a few items going in the wrong bins, especially coffee cups, which all need to go into the red bin (landfill waste).