Farmers Market Waste Matters
Frequenters of the Lyttelton Farmers Market (LFM) on a Saturday will have noticed our new recycling and organic waste stations. LFM generates a lot of activity on London Street and ideally a lot of food is bought and consumed. With that food there is often packaging that ends up overflowing the council rubbish bins that are on London Street. As hosts of the LFM 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 two stations on a Saturday that will divert recycling and organic waste from landfill.
In time we hope to have more stations up on a Saturday to increase our efforts to divert recyclables and organics. The recycling that is diverted will be recycled through the council’s usual processes but the organic waste will be fed to our worms at the community garden.
We will be doing a waste audit of the waste collected at the market so we can get our lids customized with icons that represent the packaging that is used at the market and provide clear directions as to what can be recycled or composted. Generally what you can recycle at home is what you can recycle at the market – plastic bottles can be recycled, their lids cannot. Tin cans and unbroken glass bottles can be recycled, as can clean paper and cardboard.
How the system is working so far
Feedback from vendors and the LFM 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.