Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sustainability at Leichhardt Market Place

At the invitation of the Sustainability Action Network, I joined a tour of Leichhardt MarketPlace's sustainability initiatives with the Operations Manager.

The shopping centre has recently installed a pulping system to convert foodscraps (from the foodhall) into a slury which is then transported to the Sutherland shire where a Biodigester converts the slurry into fertiliser pellets and electricity.

More about this process of food scraps to energy:
  • The organic pulp is a suitable feedstock for anaerobic digestions, generating biogas for renewable energy generation. In addition, we also take the pulp to an organics recycling facility where it is turned into organic fertiliser. The organic product created from Pulpmaster plays an important role in the life cycle of healthy, organic crops by improving soil conditions and nutrient levels...
Card Board Compactor
It was also interesting to see the cardboard compactor.

They have also recently installed a Return and Earn Machine in the staff car park - with three car spaces to allow the community to use the machine.
Small Truck emptying Return and Earn
You can choose to:
1. Get a refund
2. Earn Woolworths cash refund
3. Choose a charity to donate your refund to
The Return & Earn machine can be found at Foster Lane, Leichhardt. Recycling bay parking is available.

Shopping Trolleys 

Apparently Coles Shopping Trolleys are accumulating at the shopping centre. Possibly because people are using them to bring containers to the return and earn - fixing the issue of collecting shopping trolleys - though Marketplace does not have a Coles.. More about Shopping Trolleys

Solar Panels have also ben installed on the Rooftop Carpark.

"we’ll be able to power 30% of the shopping centre using our own renewable energy source and reduce our emissions by 517 tonnes of CO2 each year.  This is the equivalent of taking 110 cars off the road or powering 60 local homes every year!" -

Smart Sunshine Coast - garbage collection

"This innovative system will remove the need for garbage trucks and wheelie bins in the Maroochydore City Centre, making the city heart more attractive. It will also reduce odours and vermin, whilst reducing the costs of daily street cleaning."

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