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Changing behaviours and the dreaded doggy bag.

Food wastage is one of the failures of modern living. How is it that we take something that has been provided from the earth, cooked up with skill and love, something we have paid to have delivered to our table with a gracious smile, and then allow any of it to go to waste?

For many restaurants, this plate waste accounts for around one third of the total waste to landfill in their bins.

As customers and business owners, we have  an opportunity to change the way we do food waste. Especially here in the Northern Rivers.

Firstly, it is important to know that doggy bags are legal in NSW- everything you need to know is here.

With growing numbers of conscious consumers,  businesses can really get on the front foot and earn a reputation for generosity, and hospitality. It can also support your brand.

Sydney’s Chiswick will offer before you can ask and bring it back in a branded calico bag. Brand building right there.

Even the French are working towards changing long ingrained behaviours and beliefs, encouraged by difficult economic times, rising consciousness about food waste, and an environmentally minded younger generation that is more familiar with takeout culture.

The top tip for making the change would be to ask your customers first. Don’t wait for them to ask, make it part of your business culture to reap the rewards of reducing your waste and activate every opportunity for customer relationships.

For Northern Rivers businesses there are resources available that can help you to manage take home food. Waste Warriors can help with stickers for you to provide information to your customers about how to manage their left overs.

Contact us to find out more.

New Farm Waste Recovery Project for Kyogle

Helping farmers recycle agricultural packaging in a sustainable and environmentally friendly is a priority for Kyogle Council, and now thanks to a new initiative local farmers can do just that.

“We have been working with NE Waste and the Farm Waste Recovery project to set up a drop off for bulk fertilizer bags and packaging free of charge at the local Norco store. The broader Farm Waste Recovery project has been really successful so far with over one million tonnes of plastic being recycled into new products such as seating and recycled pipe, and its great that this solution is now on offer for our local farmers”, explains David Bell from Kyogle Council.

To find out more about the types of packaging that can be accepted contact Norco’s Kyogle store or click here.

Your farm waste can also be recycled at the Alstonville Norco store.