HOT: Joelle Bridger wants to encourage Curryfest visitors to recycle their bottles and cans on April 17.
HOT: Joelle Bridger wants to encourage Curryfest visitors to recycle their bottles and cans on April 17.

Dishing up a green curry

WOOLGOOLGA’S Curryfest on April 17 is aiming to go greener with festival organisers working hard to encourage everyone to reduce and recycle all event waste.

Joelle Bridger, the director of Environmental Encounters, who is donating her time and resources to help Curryfest become greener, said large-scale events produced a high volume of disposable waste and adopting a zero waste program helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions and saved valuable energy and resources.

“We aim for a 100 per cent waste management event by recycling all aluminium cans and plastic and glass bottles and hope festival goers will help meet the target by using the correct colour-coded bins: yellow for recycling and red for plate and food waste,” Ms Bridger said.

“Last year we had more than 15 per cent contamination of the yellow bins and we are hoping to reduce that right down this year.”

“We can extract quite a lot from the red bin but it is much more difficult to deal with contamination in the yellow bins.

“We encourage stallholders to use only biodegradable or recyclable products and refillable containers where possible for sauces as well as using the bulk yellow bin for paper and cardboard waste.”

She said Handybin and Coffs Harbour City Council were supporting the waste initiative by supplying bin monitors, signage and covers and giving stallholders samples of recyclable containers and utensils.

On the day Ms Bridger will also be talking to stallholders about using greener principles.

“Although sustainability principles are already in use locally at smaller scale events such as Botanica in the Botanic Gardens, we hope Curryfest can be a model for other large scale events in the future,” she said.



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