We finally have some statistics about the impacts of our Darwin weekly markets and the waste produced. On the 26th February 2018, fifteen volunteers counted every straw, plastic food container, cutlery and coffee and smoothie cup by hand.
Most of the waste was too contaminated to recycle, so the majority had to go to landfill. A large proportion could have been composted. Organic matter in landfill does not break own into compost (there are not enough microrganisms or oxygen to break it down). A portion (as much as possible) was taken to Lakeside Drive community garden for composting and some as chicken feed.
The audit we did on the weekend was relevant for the Parap Market only. Multiply these figures out across the year and across the numerous Darwin markets, and we truly have a problem here. We believe this is an issue for numerous levels of Government, market businesses and the community to come together to creatively come up with solutions to reduce this waste.
You can also check out the Parap Market Waste Audit on video