Our Waste - What we do!
The grapes for the wine, the milk for the cheese, the beans for our coffee, it all has a reliance on the land and we don’t take that for granted. Below are a few of the ways that we divert our waste from landfill, reduce our carbon footprint and encourage a circular economy. Our Waste Warrior, Jordan, has written a blog detailing our journey towards reducing our waste and the policies and procedures we follow.
Insulation Paper | We re-use the packaging insulation paper (we get from suppliers to insulate the cheese during transportation) as kids colouring in paper and use it for wrapping our fragile merchandise upon purchase.
Scrap Paper | We re-use office scrap paper as notepads for taking orders from customers.
Hard Plastics | We re-use then recycle all the hard plastics we can.
Cheese Boxes | We offer the cheeses boxes our Camembert and Brie arrive in to schools and community groups for art projects.
Glass Jars | We offer our glass jars to community groups on facebook/wasteless shops etc. for free, so that they can be reused.
Wine Cartons | We re-use the cartons we store our wines in.
Water Bottles | We sell It’s not plastic reusable water bottles.
Cardboard | We recycle our cardboard with Veolia, our 4.5m3 bin is emptied every 4 weeks.
Glass Bottles | We recycle our glass bottles in our co-mingled recycling bin.
Soft Plastics | We separate our soft plastics for RedCycle recycling. Staff drop these off at collection points.
Plastic Bottles | We cut the plastic bottle Rings and remove the Lids from our juice/lemonade/milk bottles, allowing us to recycle the bottles themselves and also protect the wildlife. We collect the lids for the Saltbush Eco Store, who drop them off at Green Batch in Nedlands or donate them to schools for craft.
Crowns | We store our metal crowns and soft drink caps in a large oil can for recycling, so that when the can is recycled the caps don’t fall through and damage the machinery at the recycling facility.
Bread Tags | We collect bread tags and take them to Saltbush Eco Store in Ellenbrook, who get them to Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.
Food Service Gloves | We purchase a TerraCycle glove recycling collection box which we use to dispose of our latex food prep gloves.
Toilet Paper | We use Who Gives a Crap 100% recycled toilet paper. Who use 50% of their profits to help build toilets in developing countries.
Doggy Poop Paper | As a dog friendly winery we also encourage our customers to use the recycled wrapping from our “Who Gives a Crap” toilet paper as free doggy poop pick-up paper.
Collection | We have a collection point for Batteries, Printer Cartridges and Light Bulbs which we drop off at the Saltbush Eco Store who take them to the Bullsbrook Recycling Facility.
Write Solutions provide us with a commercial compost bin which allows us to collect all of our food waste and compostable single use items. They collect this bin weekly and take it off to commercially compost them! We have a higher than average amount of dairy based food waste which can be pungent and rodent attracting, so we choose to compost offsite.
The Last Straw – we don’t offer straws with our beverages anymore** unless on request, and when we do, we have compostable Paper Straws for service. We also sell reusable bamboo straws (Your Straw) in our merchandise section. **We do have a few exceptions.
Hot T/A Beverages | We use compostable White BioCups (BioPak) that are made from paper sourced from managed plantations. The paper is lined with Ingeo (a bioplastic made from plants not oils) Babyccino, 8 Oz cups, 12 Oz cups.
Paper Hand Towels | They’re compostable.
Endura Food Trays | We use compostable endura trays for lawn service and take away cheese boards. With our take away platters we provide Wooden Cutlery (BioPak) that naturally biodegrade not polluting the environment.
Napkins | Unbleached, compostable napkins.
Paper T/A Carry Bags | From PaperPak are compostable
Canola Oil | We use canola oil in some of our food prep. We dispose of our oil through Bioworks. We have a drum that once filled gets collected and converted into biodiesel (a biofuel).
Grape Must | We compost our grape must onsite for use in our vineyard.
Solar Panels | Fitted on top of our winery feeding solar energy into our grid that we use at both The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Winery. Approx 50% of the energy needs of The Cheese Barrel and Olive Farm Wines are met using solar energy.
Gas | We use Hydro-carbon Gas to fuel 50% of our refrigeration needs at the winery. Hydro-carbon gas is a naturally occurring gas that allows more efficiency in the refrigeration units leading to less power use. The Cheese Barrel’s refrigeration has also been retrofitted with hydrocarbon gas.
Balloons, Glitter and Plastic | We encourage group bookings wanting to decorate their table for a special occasion to choose alternatives to plastic such as fabric bunting, paper lanterns, natural florals & greenery etc.