Perth hotel diverts food waste from landfill with BioBags

In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, Parmelia Hilton Perth is using compostable bin liners to recycle food waste.

Using BioBags to recycle kitchen scraps diverts food waste from landfill to compost so it can be returned to the earth as nutrient-rich fertiliser.

Australia’s commercial and industrial sector, which includes hotels, restaurants, offices, retail and manufacturing, is the country’s biggest source of waste and landfill.

South Australian Research and Development Institute estimates 2.2 million tonnes of food is thrown out by the commercial and industrial sector every year.

Parmelia Hilton Perth is doing its bit to reduce waste by diverting plastic from landfill and by recycling food waste.

The hotel caters for events of up to 500 people, it has 284 guest rooms and a restaurant, so keeping minimising its carbon footprint is key.

The hotel still has food waste, but by sending it in BioBag compostable bags to a commercial compost facility less rubbish ends up in the landfill.

Scott Morton from Biobag World Australia said BioBags were a better alternative to plastic because they left no toxic residues.

“If it doesn’t make it into an organics recycling or compost bin, a BioBag will still break down into organic matter wherever there’s microorganisms and oxygen.”

BioBags also helped divert food waste from landfill with less mess and odours, Morton said.

“BioBags comply with the Australian Standard AS4736 so consumers can be sure they will biodegrade in any environment where microorganisms are active.”

Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland have piloted programs to turn food waste from commercial kitchens into compost or fertiliser.

The benefits to businesses include reduced waste to landfill fees.