Grey Lynn Farmers Market aims to be a Zero Waste Market.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators or the ocean.
Zero waste takes nature as its starting point, where there is no waste, because what is surplus to one part of the system becomes food or fuel for another part of the system.
Zero waste envisages a society where material is constantly cycled through different systems, adding value at each point in the cycle. For the market, a zero waste approach aims to ‘design out’ waste from the system. It is not just about managing waste that is created, but about continually seeking to improve the management of material flows so that eventually there are no materials used at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market that do not have further beneficial use.
A ‘zero waste’ market is a market run according to this zero waste philosophy, rather than a market from which there is not a single scrap of rubbish produced. A zero waste approach has implications for virtually all aspects of how the market is managed from the types of stallholders on site, their procurement of materials, education and communication, through to waste collection, processing and monitoring.