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Seeking suggestions – Composting biodegradable catering ware

Posted in Seeking by Going Green Solutions on April 23rd, 2008

I have been selling 100% biodegradable and compostable catering ware for just under a year, (I thought i should get the commercial interest out of the way straight away) and the market awareness of the product is steadily growing to the point where some festivals will only allow the food vendors on sight if they use this type of product instead of plastic. This is of course great news for a future filled with sustainable events except for one major hurdle. It has become apparent that the composting of the biodegradable catering ware and food scraps is not as easy as first thought. I have documentation from the zero waste program which is aligned with Flinders Uni in S.A proving the catering ware is biodegradable and SITA have been testing it and hopefully are in the process of writing a report, but no body including SITA will take the stuff for a number of reasons. 1. SITA is at or near capacity. 2. Fear of contamination of the compost for on-selling purposes. 3. Seemingly a lack of alternatives to SITA that operate on a much smaller scale. This last reason is probably the biggest hurdle as the amount of compostable fully sorted waste generated from the last Sustainable Living Festival was apparently only one skip full. Surely there is a future for this type of event waste if we are to have a sustainable future. Can any one help?

Yours in frustration.

Sean Flynn

Going Green Solutions