Queen Victoria Market aims to provide its customers with a high quality lifestyle experience. We consider that running a sustainable operation is one element of this experience.
We are committed to ensuring that our operating activities occur with minimum environmental impact. Below are some of the initiatives introduced to ensure that we achieve this.
Food organic waste produced by the Fruit and Vegetable Stallholders comprises a large proportion of the total waste generated on site. Finding a solution for the recycling of food waste is a project that QVM has been working on for many years with the Fruit and Vegetable Stallholders and it is exciting that that the food organic waste produced by the Fruit and Vegetable Stallholders is finally being recycled.
Assetlink Service Pty Ltd commenced cleaning and waste management services at the Market on 4 July 2016. Working closely with the Fruit and Vegetable Stallholders, the food organic waste is now being successfully segregated and bulk hauled to the EPA licensed Gippsland Water, Soil and Organic Recycling Facility in Dunston Downs for open wind composting. The project is in the early stages, however we are already seeing great results, with approximately 120 tonnes of food organic waste being recycled per month.
The recycling of food organic waste compliments the Market’s extensive recycling program; reducing waste to landfill. The following waste streams are currently being recycled at the Market:
- Fat and bone, which is used in blood and bone fertiliser.
- Fish offal, which is collected and processed for stockfeed and fertiliser.
- Fats from grease traps and cooking oils from deep fryers, which can be processed into stockfeed or converted to biodiesel.
- Paper and cardboard
- Plastic packaging
- Plastic and glass bottles and aluminium cans
- Timber / Steel
Storm Water Quality
Ground water run off is not captured for storage and is allowed to enter the normal storm water system. The Market’s storm water drains are designed to ensure that storm water entering the drainage system is of a reasonable quality. Filter baskets and specially designed grates filter out any solids, such as plastic and large vegetable matter. Diversion pits prevent the initial run off water that might be contaminated by organic material from entering the storm water system by diverting it to sewer. Only once the flow rate reaches a certain level is it diverted back to the storm water system.
Litter Prevention Project
Working with Sustainability Victoria and Melbourne Water, the Market’s Litter Prevention Project was a great success in reducing litter loads originating from the Market by 25% through education, infrastructure and enforcement.