Recycling Program

Food organic waste produced by the fruit and veg 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 Queen Vic Market has been working on for many years with the fruit and veg stallholders and it is exciting that that the food organic waste produced by these traders is being recycled.

The Market’s food organic waste is being taken to the Yarra Valley Water Waste to Energy facility that processes food waste into clean, renewable energy. Approximately 70 tonnes of organic waste is being recycled per month.

The recycling of food organic waste complements the Market’s extensive recycling program, reducing waste to landfill. The following waste streams are currently being recycled at the Market:

  • Fat and bone are used in blood and bone fertiliser.
  • Fish offal is collected and processed for stockfeed and fertiliser.
  • Paper and cardboard are turned into pulp then used to make paper and cardboard products
  • Plastic packaging is turned into new products including shrink wrap film.
  • Timber and steel.

We currently recycle approximately 76% of the total waste generated on the Market site.

Waste Diverted from Landfill

The Market and our cleaners (Ikon Services) have been working together to reduce our environmental impact through our recycling program. Since December 2019, we have seen significant improvements to the recycling rate Market-wide, with up to 75% percent of all waste now being diverted from landfill. Thank you to our wonderful cleaning staff and our traders, together we’re working towards a more sustainable market.

Worm Farms

There are five worm farms located on site. The farms can receive 2kgs of fresh food waste each day which is converted into nutrient-filled fertiliser by the worms, which then goes onto our collection of potted trees and plants around the Market. Worm farms are one of the best ways to provide rich fertiliser that is sustainable, cheap, low maintenance and environmentally friendly.

The worms enjoy fruit and vegetable scraps, tea leaves and coffee grounds, egg shells and shredded, moist cardboard and paper from our traders, but not citrus fruits or meat and dairy – lucky for them there is no shortage of scraps around the market for them to feast on! Visible to all who wander through the Market, the worm farms also aim to promote environmental sustainability to the wider public.

Cheap, odourless and requiring very little maintenance, worm farms are an easy and useful addition to any home. Even the smallest homes can benefit from reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill by turning a percentage of their food waste into fertiliser that can further help the surrounding environment.

Find our worm farms in B Shed at the Peel Street end.

Recycling Coffee Grounds

The Market is now recycling coffee grounds from our cafes and restaurants. The grounds are collected from our traders and taken with the food organic waste to the Yarra Valley Water Waste to Energy facility that processes food waste into clean, renewable energy.

Recycling Oil Waste

Oil waste from market food stalls and restaurants is collected each year and turned into biofuel.

For more information on sustainability programs and initiatives at Queen Vic Market, please contact our Sustainability Manager Kelly Green.

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