All food outlets at River Graze will be using recyclable plastic packaging, helping ensure that single-use, non-recyclable packaging becomes a thing of the past. Packaging that’s marked as compostable or biodegradable including bamboo, won’t be used at the event to ensure that all packaging waste is recyclable. The Festival works with stallholders to advise them on sourcing recyclable packaging and encourages them to use recyclable packaging in their businesses in future.
We work with Closed Loop to sort all event rubbish into recycling and general waste. All bars at River Graze use Biopak cups, which are collected in separate bins that display pictures of the cups so it’s easy for patrons to put their cups in the right bin. And to top it off, all of the plastic tasting cups used at City Cellar will be collected in separate bins so they can be washed and reused in future.
Closed Loop is back again, running a stall to teach people where collected waste goes, whether that’s being transformed into coffee cups or another recycled product. Volunteers will be on-hand to chat to people about the Closed Loop system and answer any questions about the event, plus there’ll be signage around the site that promotes recycling and proper waste management.
Elsewhere, workshops in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation presented by The Herald Sun will teach children about growing and cooking their own food, helping to cut down their food waste in the process.