About the project

‘Food Stall Savers’ aims to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste currently being discarded at festivals and markets in the City of Sydney.

The project will engage directly with a food festival and series of farmers markets in the City of Sydney about food waste and trial ‘how-to’ guidance materials aimed at supporting festival and market organisers, food stallholders, their staff, and festival and market customers.

The focus of the project is on avoidable food waste generated at festivals/markets by food stallholders and consumers, but will also aim to influence food waste generated by food stallholders before and after the market, and consumers’ food waste in their homes.

The project is being completed in the following phases:

0. Background research (Feb-Apr) to review similar past initiative, collate existing materials and resources, and understand the needs of festival and market organisers,                and their food stallholders.

  1. Pilot at Pyrmont Festival (Apr-July) to trial the approach and materials, develop a baseline of food waste at the festival and refine the project based on lessons learnt. Held in the harbourside Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, the two-day outdoor festival activity (the weekend of May 14-15 in 2016) attracts 25,000-plus people. It is organised by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce (PUCC), in partnership with the Mudgee Region’s wine and food growers, attracting long-term annual funding support from the City of Sydney. The Festival’s organising committee is supporting the initiative in 2016 with a view to building on the pilot with further food waste avoidance initiatives in the future.
  2. Trial at Yamba Coldstream Festival (Aug-Nov) to roll out resources to a regional food event with a view to increasing the knowledge, skills, confidence and commitment of festival organisers to engage stallholders in reducing avoidable food waste. The initiative will aim for the event organiser to lead the initiative independently, using online and hardcopy FoodStallSavers materials (and completing a bin audit) to engage and educate stallholders on avoidable food waste and create a baseline of food waste volume for comparison in the future.

At the conclusion of the initiative, the resources will be available online for use by anyone, anywhere so organisers of other food festivals and farmers’ markets across Australia and beyond will be able to draw on the advice and guidance developed by the initiative.

About the partners

This project is a joint initiative between the Total Environment Centre, Smart Locale and the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney.

The pilot phase (Phase 1) is supported by Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and Mudgee Wine, organisers of the Pyrmont Festival.

The trial phase (Phase 2) is supported by Live Prawn Productions, organisers of the Yamba Coldstream Festival.

Total Environment Centre

Total Environment Centre (TEC) is an independent, non-profit group who use targeted research, publications, forums, persistent lobbying and community action to work for long-term solutions, addressing the cause as well as the symptoms of environmental stress.



Smart Locale

Smart Locale Ultimo Pyrmont program is an initiative of TEC with a mission to accelerate the transformation of the Ultimo Pyrmont local economy into an internationally recognised showplace for smart, safe, sustainable living by 2020. It promotes rapid uptake of a sustainable local economy with priority activities including clean energy, water saving, urban greening and waste minimisation.

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Institute for Sustainable Futures

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney is a university research institute that creates change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project based research for Australian and international clients.

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Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce

The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce (PUCC) actively promotes local business interests in a dynamic, inner-city environment. It is a not-for-profit, completely independent organisation that cooperates readily with local government and other bodies to promote and safeguard the interests of the Pyrmont Ultimo business community and local residents.



Mudgee Wine

The Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association represents the Mudgee Wine Region, which is home to some of Australia’s oldest vineyards as well as the nations highest! With over 40 cellar doors and a fantastic annual events calendar come and visit us soon!



Live Prawn Productions

Live Prawn Productions Inc. is the not-for-profit incorporated association that operates the monthly Yamba River Markets and produces Surfing The Coldstream Festival.

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The project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy. Love Food Hate Waste is a community education, engagement and behaviour change program, focusing on avoiding the creation of food waste.

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