Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival aims to be almost waste free

Ken Allen and Seb Davidson get ready for the Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival on May 6.
Ken Allen and Seb Davidson get ready for the Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival on May 6.

MOST festivals and events aim to ensure a day of fun for attendees but the Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival also aims to be almost waste free.

Organisers this year are attempting to achieve a 97 per cent waste diversion from landfill target at the Sunday, May 6 event, that features a range of attractions for all ages.

Ken Allen from UpBeat Events said there were a number of steps in place to reach the goal.

“We have general waste and recycling bins and a team of about three or four volunteers will sort through them all by hand before they reach the skip bins so there are no contaminants in the recyclables,” he said.

“Otherwise, if there is any food in a container in the recycling bin, it will end up in landfill.”

Mr Allen said a condition of a stallholder being involved in the day is that they provide compostable material to serve their food on or in.

“We make sure stallholders do not have plastic packaging,” he said.

“There is also no Styrofoam and no helium balloons.”

He said the resource recovery team would also monitor stallholders on the day to make sure there was no contraband.

Mr Allen said working together with stallholders meant minimal impact on operation costs.

“It is not a huge drain on the budget,” he said.

More than 70,000 people attended last year’s Festival, and similar numbers are expected to again this year.

The festival is on from 11am-7pm along Scarborough Beach Road between Oxford Street (at Axford Park) and Coogee Street, down Oxford Street (to Wilberforce Street) and throughout side streets including Flinders, Fairfield and Hobart streets, and incorporating The Mezz shopping centre.

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