Newtown Festival’s zero waste target needs stallholders to use as much locally compostable containers, plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins for their food and beverages as much as possible. Locally compostable means the packaging is accepted by Wellington City Council’s Capital Compost facility, sourced from one of Wellington City Council’s approved list of suppliers (see below
Where there are no suitable compostable packaging options, recyclable is the next best option. Recyclable packaging may not always be recycled if it is dirty, but dirty compostable packaging is easily composted.
Polystyrene is not recyclable, please do not use it to serve your food or drink at Newtown Festival.
Before the Festival you must confirm your packaging is acceptable for our goal of Zero Waste. Should you arrive at the Festival with non compliant packaging, on the day you will be required to purchase and use locally compostable, reusable, or recyclable packaging.
The team leaders of our long running award winning Zero Waste Programme at Newtown Festival have gone on to establish Wellington Waste Managers and they now work assisting other festivals and events to reduce their waste. Wellington Waste Managers detailed information and advice about which products are acceptable and which are not is outlined below and is downloadable in the Newtown Festival Food and Drink Packaging Guide.
Biochoice, Biopak, Bioware, Ecoware, Eco Soulife, Friendlypak/Vegware, Green Bean eco-tableware and Innocent Packaging are approved suppliers who sell compostable products.
BUT, not all the products sold by these companies are acceptable.
PLA (plant based plastic) lined products (like compostable coffee cups) and their lids are accepted, but other PLA (clear, hard) is not accepted for composting in Wellington. It will be taken to the landfill. This applies to cutlery, smoothie cups, straws, containers, etc even if they are marked ‘compostable’, so please find an alternative.
If you have any packaging questions, please contact us
Packaging Discounts for Newtown Festival Stallholders
Wellington Waste Managers, who coordinate our Zero Waste programme, are currently in discussion with various packaging companies to see what special prices they can offer to vendors at events such as the 2020 Newtown Festival. We will advise when and if discounts are available.
At the Festival please remember to also encourage your customers to use the Festival’s award winning recycling and compost stations. It sounds simple, but your encouragement as you serve your delicious food really makes a difference!