We’ve set ourselves ambitious sustainability goals and are continually improving our operations to lessen our impact on the environment.
In the first 12 months of operation, we have identified additional opportunities to ensure we are environmentally sustainable and are taking steps to further enhance our environmental credentials.
But we won’t stop there. To challenge our thinking and ensure we remain at the forefront of environmental management, we continue to explore new opportunities and engage industry experts to advise us on sustainability initiatives and landfill diversion.
Recycle and reuse
At Howard Smith Wharves, we strive to recycle and reuse wherever possible.
In addition to recycling all plastics and paper, our glass crushers process 100% of our glass bottles, with the output being used to make other bottles and as construction sand for road base and pipe bedding.
All cardboard is collected and turned into new boxes using our high-capacity cardboard baler, while the collection from our 11 x 30,000L rainwater tanks help water the gardens throughout the precinct, for visitors to enjoy.
As a large entertainment precinct with multiple dining options, we understand the importance of minimising food waste and are committed to exploring ways to reuse organic materials.
Our onsite composters take up to 800kg of food waste per day, turning it into fertiliser which then goes back to Maleny Dairy farmers to keep their pastures healthy and their cattle happy. Dairy farmers are also taking all the spent grain from Felons Brewing Co. to feed their herd.
We have also have four composters behind Felons Barrel Hall which munch on food waste.
At Howard Smith Wharves we are passionate about sustainability. In April 2021 we crept closer to our zero waste goal and hit a 91.91% landfill diversion rate, an achievement everyone is proud of.
Here are just some of the things we are doing in an attempt to reach our zero waste goal:
- Where possible, any brewery and food waste is processed through three on-site closed-loop composters, turning potential landfill into a beautiful, natural fertiliser that we use on our gardens and give back to suppliers such as Maleny Dairies and Mini Farm Project.
- The spent grain from Felons brewery is used as nutritious feed by the good folk over at Echo Valley Farm and some of the fertiliser is also provided to the Mini Farm project who use it in their urban farms to grow food that they supply free to local charities.
- Compostable waste such as green waste, paper straws, wine corks are sent to Nugrow, Queensland’s leading recycling and regeneration scientists, and turned into valuable compost.
- All non-wax lined cardboard is segregated, compacted, and baled. This is picked up separately from our co-mingled waste collections to ensure maximum utility of this resource. Our cardboard recycling activities recover approximately 70 tonnes/year of this tree-replacing resource.
- In the kitchen, our clever chefs recycle 118,000L of cooking oil a year that is collected from the site and made into renewable biofuel.
We take great pride in minimising the impact of our activities so that future generations can enjoy the clean, green environment of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and beyond.