At events, the different types of food and drink served often have diverse and varied packaging requirements. Single-use packaging is often the most safe and practical solution for foodservice. Recycling is not always possible as food and drink residue contaminates the recycling stream.
The Noosa Food & Wine Festival brings together a constellation of suppliers, facilities, caterers and sponsors, who often have conflicting or competing needs. And, it attracts a large volume of attendees to this UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Event planners are the central figures and require a practical solution for all of the stakeholders and the attendees. Working with Plastic Free Noosa, The Noosa Food & Wine Festival partnered with BioPak in a bid to eliminate plastic foodservice packaging at the event and replace it with compostable alternatives instead.
In 2018, the Noosa Food & Wine Festival team took steps to reduce and remove single-use drink cups from landfill.
Tourism Noosa, Plastic Free Noosa, and the Noosa Food & Wine Festival worked together to make the event plastic-free, and manage waste and its associated negative environmental impacts.
Partnering with BioPak, the festival team mandated that all catering partners and vendors use certified carbon neutral compostable packaging to be collected after use and composted at a local facility.
Switching to compostable packaging is a simple step that makes a big difference. Especially at food festivals where large quantities of food and drink are consumed.
Not only has the Noosa Food & Wine Festival eliminated conventional plastic, by switching to certified compostable packaging they can move towards a circular economy model where there is no waste.
Compostable packaging and food scraps collected can be recycled the way nature intended: composting. In 8-12 weeks, it will become nutrient-rich soil food that can be used in farms and gardens around Australia.