Hospitality businesses come together to tackle waste

02 August, 2018 by
Annabelle Cloros

Melbourne’s first waste forum was held last week, with a number of businesses coming together to tackle the issue.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp hosted the forum and moderated a panel of city businesses owners who had already undertaken their own waste reduction campaigns.

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City of Melbourne Councillor Susan Riley applauded the seminar, and recognises the need to assist small- to medium-sized hospitality businesses in their bid to reduce waste.

“Reducing waste does so much more than just help to clean up the environment, it also can reduce costs, increase sales and even cut the number of garbage trucks on the city streets,” says Riley.

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“The level of insight and the number of opportunities for businesses to work together to reduce waste is inspiring.”

The forum resulted in over 200 practical ideas and concepts which will now be compiled and reviewed by the City of Melbourne as part of the council’s ongoing programs to assist small and medium businesses in the city.

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Participants included businesses involved in the council’s initial pilot program, which saw 27 businesses each receive a $2,000 grant to embark on waste reduction activities.

“We’re working with the city’s retail and hospitality businesses to look at ways to further reduce waste and to stimulate innovative thinking and ideas on how we can better reduce and re-use what we throw away,” says Riley.

“Nothing is being ruled out, we’re open to all ideas and we want retailers and businesses to share their thoughts as we plan for a rapidly growing city.”