Whether it’s food and music festivals or conferences and seminars, whenever we hold an event waste is inevitably created. All to often, the packaging and food scraps left behind end up heading to landfill – even if they could have been composted or recycled instead.
But it doesn’t have to be this way – and local Port Macquarie business Doppio Or Nothing Espresso (DONE) have set out to prove that holding a zero waste to landfill event is possible even if the local composting infrastructure is lacking. Here’s how they got it done.
Meet Team Done
Founded by Stewart Clark in 2004, Doppio or Nothing Espresso are known for their innovative and solutions-focussed approach to business. Never ones to walk away from a challenge, Stewart has been pioneering sustainable business practices on the mid-north coast of New South Wales from their headquarters in Port Macquarie.
Leading by example, they’ve built a successful and sustainable business and now offer events and consulting services to brands that are seeking not just to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.
Holding a Zero Waste to Landfill Event
After learning that a local food festival was sending BioPak compostable packaging to landfill, founder Stewart Clark set about finding solutions that would mitigate any negative effects on the environment.
Getting industrially compostable packaging composted locally, most people would say it’s not possible. But Doppio or Nothing is all about getting it done and quickly sought available solutions, such as Newcastle waste collection service The Green Helping Hand who worked with Stew to get the organic waste to his industrial compost facility in Newcastle. Doppio or Nothing also collaborated with local business Port Plastics and Tooling who got creative and turned any bioplastic (PLA) packaging into bottle openers.
In April this year, the Doppio or Nothing Espresso team held a zero waste to landfill event in Port Macquarie using entirely BioPak compostable packaging. The goal of the event was to educate local businesses and demonstrate that it’s entirely possible to host a great event without negative environmental impacts.
Doppio or Nothing Espresso supplied all of the industrially compostable Biopak products to the vendors and partnered with John Moore from Green Helping Hand to collect the waste after the event and had it back in Newcastle at the composting facility within 12 hours of the event finishing. Getting it done and in record time.
“I know it is a slow process to educate and change thinking on single-use products, but we have to start somewhere. if we move a millimetre a day in the right direction, we are heading in the right direction.”
— Stewart Clark, Founder Doppio or Nothing Espresso
Tips for Hosting a Zero Waste Event
When it comes to hosting a zero-waste event educating early is the key. Follow these tips or download our guide to hosting a zero-waste event for more information:
- Assess waste output - Review previous events or the event scope to determine the waste output and packaging requirements. Eliminate conventional plastic by switching to compostable packaging.
- Mandate compostable packaging - Vendors must be contractually obliged to serve food and beverages in compostable packaging instead of conventional plastic packaging. This means packaging along with food scraps can be diverted from landfill and composted instead.
- Educate staff and vendors - Start the education process with staff and vendors early to help them understand the process and the positive environmental benefits.
- Communicate with attendees - Start the education process early to help your customers understand the initiative and feel good about the positive difference they’re making.
- Provide easy access to compost bins - Compost bins must be easily accessible. It’s a good idea to have bin monitors on hand to ensure correct disposal.
Want to Do More?
Go beyond zero waste to landfill by offering attendees the option to offset the carbon emissions associated with their attendance at the event. BioPak’s compostable carbon neutral packaging is already a great first step.