Zero Waste


We aim to make Newtown Festival a Zero Waste event.

To achieve this Food & Beverage Stalls need to use compostable, reusable, or recyclable packing.

Reusable or compostable is best! We require all of our food stallholders to use containers, plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins that can be composted in Wellington. This is part of the  Stallholder Terms and Conditions all stallholders agree to.

See here for a Packaging Guide with detailed information about which products are acceptable and which are not.

Biochoice, Biopak, Bioware, Ecoware, Eco Soulife, Friendlypak, Green Bean eco-tableware and Innocent Packaging are the  approved suppliers who sell compostable products. However 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 hard PLA is not accepted for composting in Wellington. This applies to plastic cutlery, smoothie cups and straws, even if they are marked ‘compostable’, so please don’t use them.

Discounts for Newtown Festival stallholders :

2 companies are offering discounts, see their catalogues below.

Innocent Packaging:

25% discount for Newtown Festival vendors. Contact [email protected]

Innocent Packaging – PLA Free Product Catalogue


Offers a discount to Newtown Festival vendors. Create an account at and mention Wellington Waste Managers to get a discount.

Catalogue – Wellington Waste Managers Ecoware partnership pricing 2019


The Zero Waste efforts at Newtown Festival are supported by a generous grant from Wellington Community Trust.