The Grey Lynn Farmers Market has the goal of being Auckland’s first Zero Waste market. We are doing our bit to provide a system to facilitate Zero Waste and it requires you the GLFM community to be on board.
WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
At a high level Zero waste is a ‘whole systems’ approach that requires a rethink of how materials flow through our society, and a redesign of those systems to minimise material requirements and maximise material utilisation. Zero waste takes nature as its starting point, where there is no waste, because what is surplus to one part of the system inevitably becomes food or fuel for another part of the system. Zero waste envisages a society where material is constantly cycled through different systems, adding value at each point in the cycle.
In the context of the GLFM therefore, a zero waste approach aims to ‘design out’ waste from the system. It is not just about managing waste that is created, but about continually seeking to
improve the management of material flows so that eventually there are no materials used at the GLFM that do not have further beneficial use. A ‘zero waste’ market is a market run
according to this zero waste philosophy, rather than a market from which there is not a single
scrap of rubbish produced.
A zero waste approach has implications for virtually all aspects of how the market is
managed from the types of stallholders on site, their procurement of materials, education and
communication, through to waste collection, processing and monitoring.
All the serving ware at the market is compostable and is to be put in the compost bin. The markets compost waste is taken to Envirofert a commercial composting facility to be turned into compost for commercial crops.
ONSITE WASTE DISPOSAL:
Organic Waste / Compost
This includes all food scraps, all serving ware bought at the market including smoothie cups and straws, coffee cups and lids, compostable plates, napkins and utensils etc. This is typically waste which has originated from plant or animal sources that may be broken down by other living organisms. The compost bin is the large wheelie bin that is clearly marked for organic waste with examples of what goes in it taped to the sign.
General Recyclable Waste
A bin is provided to take all general recyclable material that is either non-organic or not cardboard or paper.
This includes: Plastics (all plastics codes 1 – 7, milk bottles, juice and cream containers)
Aluminium & steel (such as empty steel cans, soft drink cans, aluminum foil), Glass.
Note that soiled plastic and paper will not get recycled. There is no magic fairies at the dump who sort and clean this stuff.
This is anything that cannot be recycled or composted including soiled non compostable packaging from shops outside the market, wrappers. There should be minimal landfill at the end of the market.
NO PLASTIC BAGS:
PLEASE AVOID PLASTIC BAGS, SINGLE-USE PLAiSTIC BAGS ARE…
BAD FOR THE PLANET
They take 100s of years to degrade and they not only pollute the environment but actually directly harm many living organisms
It doesn’t make sense to produce something that lasts 100s of years when it is going to be used for a few minutes. It is a contradiction that in a throw-away society nothing good lasts whilst bad products are forever.
Reusable bags are a lot cooler
Producers don’t take responsibility for the impact of their
product. Plastic bags are cheap to produce but very expensive
to clean from the environment.
BAD FOR YOUR MIND
They embody the message of the throw-away society that is trashing the planet.
Future generations will suffer from the pollution caused by plastic bags, without getting any of the benefit.