Cafés Join the War on Food Waste
On the Fleurieu Peninsula, it is estimated that thousands of tonnes of food is sent to landfill every year. The Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) is working with four cafés in Goolwa in an effort to divert food waste away from landfill and into the green organics waste stream.
Mother Duck, Bombora on the River, The Grill Goolwa and Whistle Stop cafés started an 8 week food waste diversion trial in August, with Kuti Shack coming on board in September. The businesses have embraced the opportunity to receive weekly collection of 140L commercial green FOGO (Food Organics/Green Organics) bins supplied by FRWA. FRWA has also provided staff training, waste separation posters, bin stickers and recommendations to improve back of house waste separation.
Since the trial commenced approximately 24 commercial FOGO bins have been placed kerbside, with contents going to Peats Soil and Garden Supplies for processing into compost. Tim from The Grill Café in Goolwa says: "It's great to be reducing waste to landfill and helping the environment. I have wanted to divert food waste for a long time and it's great to have the opportunity to do it through this program." Keeping food waste out of landfill has significant economic and environmental benefits and FRWA will continue to work on providing an efficient and effective FOGO collection service for small businesses and food processors across the Fleurieu region.
FRWA is planning to extend this service to other areas of the Fleurieu Peninsula in December 2020. If you would like more information on managing your waste and recycling follow FRWA on Facebook or call 8555 7405.