Swan Valley: The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines switch on sustainability campaign

The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines venue and communications manager Mariane Bornelli, Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey, The Cheese Barrel waste warrior and team leader Jordan Kuchel and operations manager Sarah Howlett.
The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines venue and communications manager Mariane Bornelli, Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey, The Cheese Barrel waste warrior and team leader Jordan Kuchel and operations manager Sarah Howlett.

THE Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines have received a Switched on Business award for its waste management initiatives.

City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey awarded the Swan Valley business on November 22.

Switched on Business is part of the Switch Your Thinking program, a local government initiative that inspires sustainable action in Perth.

Over the past eight months, The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines have focused on being more effective with waste management.

The initiatives include reusing packaging and scrap paper, offering cheese boxes to schools and community groups for art projects, offering glass jars to the community, returning cardboard boxes to suppliers and separating soft plastics for RedCycle recycling.

They use biodegradable and compostable everyday items such as hand towels, napkins, toothpicks, straws, takeaway cutlery and cups.

They have also fitted solar panels and use hydro-carbon gas to fuel refrigeration use and air-conditioning.

Waste warrior and team leader Jordan Kuchel said staff were given waste management knowledge and collection points to separate and dispose waste.

“The importance of spreading the message can’t be understated if you seek to change things for the better,” he said.

“It’s important for our customers as well – they come into our cafe and they see our bamboo straws for purchase, our bins for separating waste and they receive our wooden culinary.

“It allows our customers to know that even though they’re not in control of the waste created during the prep for their meals, it is being disposed of responsibly.”