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RESTAURANTS RECYCLING THEIR ORGANIC WASTE
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: 300 City of Melbourne restaurants recycle their organic waste

TARGET DATE: June 2005 PROGRESS: Some.

DESCRIPTION: A great deal of unused food is put directly into the rubbish stream for land fill disposal. This green achievement looks to divert that food from the waste stream by encouraging the redistribution of edible food and the organic recycling of other food into compostable material. The City of Melbourne, in conjunction with a number of Melbourne businesses has undertaken an food collection and organic recycling program. The program collects waste food from participating restaurants and businesses and arranges for it to be composted by Organic Recyclers, for resale s high quality organic compost.

FURTHER INFORMATION: One Umbrella is a West Melbourne based organisation that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and landfill. Rescued food is prepared and made into meals (usually pies) three times a week. One Umbrella donates this food to charities that support underprivileged people in Melbourne; Lobbying/education within the Corporate, Government, Philanthropic and general community to raise awareness around the issues of food insecurity. One umbrella was launched in December 2000 to assist people in need of nourishment by making pies and single serve meals which are then distributed to various recipient agencies free of charge. More information is available on One Umbrella's website at www.oneumbrella.org.au

This information is taken from the One Umbrella's website: One Umbrella was formed following the realisation that everyday hundreds of food outlets in Melbourne are discarding food while the underprivileged within our community are going hungry. Our vision is to be a central resource for charitable organisations already engaged in supporting those in need. One Umbrella has enrolled the hospitality industry and their colleagues in supporting us through providing their excess food and services. One Umbrella then processes this food and makes it available to charities that feed the underprivileged.

Since One Umbrella was formed in December 2000 it has rapidly grown and gained momentum. The team is extremely passionate in its belief that our community can better use its resources to support those in need. Our organisation consists of committed individuals from many industries including restaurateurs, chefs, solicitors, accountants and volunteers who serve the community from soup vans and kitchens that visit the disadvantaged. Through working with corporate organisations, government and charitable organisations, the barriers that exist in making our vision a reality, can and will be dismantled.

RACV Club was the first organisation to allow One Umbrella to use their kitchen facilities each Saturday morning. The Collingwood Football Club have since offered their kitchen facilities for additional baking during the week. At each location, One Umbrella produces traditional Aussie pies with fresh vegies and meat, a nutritious and easy-to-handle food source for those in need. They were also among the first outlets to donate their excess food and motivate staff members to give their time to prepare the pies. A One Umbrella volunteer driver delivers the pies to twenty Melbourne charities where the pies can be easily reheated and served, or frozen for future use. Many more charities are keen to get involved with the initiative and will be served in the future when more resources become available.

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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