Waste from TASTE helps area's hungry

Tasty: Some smiley faces from this year's successful TASTE Festival. Picture: Brett Atkins
Tasty: Some smiley faces from this year's successful TASTE Festival. Picture: Brett Atkins

More than 70 kilograms of food left over from Camden's TASTE Festival has been donated to Australian food charity OzHarvest.

This is the second consecutive year Camden Council has donated festival food to the charity.

OzHarvest NSW manager Richard Watson said a massive 77 kilograms were collected from the festival in late September.

"The delivious surplus food collected included fresh fruit and vegetables, cooked meals, bread and pastries," he said.

"It allowed OzHarvest to deliver 230 meals to people in need from the Macarthur area, which is really significant.

"We'd like to say a big thank you to Camden Council as well as the participating store holders from the TASTE Festival who have helped us in the fight against food waste."

Other methods were also employed to avoid sending almost one third of the TASTE waste to landfill.

These included the Hume Scouts collecting 4080 drink containers as part of the Return and Earn program and the council's waste team collecting recyclable materials which were incorrectly disposed and recycling them.

Camden mayor Therese Fedeli said the success of TASTE's waste management was indicative of the council's commitment to sustainability.

"Camden Council is a proud bronze member of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Sustainability Advantage Program," she said.

"As part of this, and to support the council's sustainability journey, a group of passionate council staff came together to form the Green Team.

"Part of their mission is to work towards sustainable events, which is how the partnership with OzHarvest was formed.

"We have our eyes firmly set on achieving silver status in the near future and I am proud to say the Green Team will continue to look for waste-wise initiatives to implement to help us get there."

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