Garbology began collecting compost from our food stalls in 2003. Initially, the food waste was taken off-site to nearby industrial facilities before our own composting facility was built. Our compost includes not only stallholder food waste, but patron waste and crockery from the Festival Village including cups, bowls and plates. Our ‘compost lounge’ sets a precedent in the region as the design is per the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards. It involves an open-window system with a leachate dam draining into an on-site water treatment system. Since the compositing system was installed, we sent more material (104t) to compost than to landfill (81t) during the 2016/2017 festival. We also removed over 50 landfill skips from the Festival Village.
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