Make More Good Donation: Manly West Carnival Goes Compostable

Edge Environment’s monthly ‘Make More Good’ donation sends $300 to a worthy cause nominated by a staff member. Edge’s ‘Head of Industry Engagement’, Richard Griffiths, chose Manly West Primary School to be the recipient for the next donation.

My son attends Manly West School, which has an enviable reputation surrounding its biannual community carnival. Due to run this coming September, the Carnival attracts thousands of people from across the local community and wider Northern Beaches, who come to eat, drink, play games and connect with friends and neighbours. Unfortunately, in common with many events of its kind, this brings with it the potential to create a big environmental footprint, particularly in the form of single use foodware that often ends up in landfill.

As chair of the school’s P&C environment committee, that’s something I didn’t want to continue under my watch! Tireless research by the environment team identified a great service offering from Pak360 and Waste Ninja who, for a small increase in the cost compared to conventional items, will supply compostable foodware. They will also be providing special bins that will be used on site for the day and then taken away for processing in an industrial composting unit.

To help make the change a “no-brainer”, Edge’s “Make More Good” donation this month is helping to cover the costs associated with the foodware and the creation of an all-new “recycling station” at the Carnival. Hopefully the outcome will be a very significant reduction in the event’s waste footprint, as well as some great educational value for students, parents, and the wider community.

While all of our donations are made to align with Edge’s mission, it’s also nice to have the opportunity to invest in sustainability initiatives in our local community. It’s wonderful that the organisers have approached the idea with such an open mind. I look forward to seeing it in action next month.

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