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Night Noodle Market - Fairfax

Closed Loop were the 2013 and 2014 sustainability partner for the Fairfax Night Noodle Market in Sydney and Melbourne, as part of Good Food month – diverting waste and keeping it clean for around 1,200,000 people over those 2 years.

"We’ve recently helped Fairfax’s Sydney Night Noodle Market divert 87% of waste over the 3 week period with over 550,000 visitors – the best we've seen for a food focused event." 

Steve Hunter - Resource Operations Manager, Closed Loop 

The Night Noodle Markets have been an annual landmark event in Sydney since the 1990’s and in 2013, the markets arrived in Melbourne.

Across four weeks, locations in Sydney and Melbourne were transformed into a hub of chaotic energy, exotic smells and street food. Following the example set by hawker-style food vendors all over Asia, some of the cities’ much-loved restaurants, cafes and food trucks gather next to bars and DJ’s to offer an array of tasty dishes for the crowds to sample as they take in the vibrant atmosphere.

Fairfax events were looking for a supplier that could provide a holistic waste management plan for both the Sydney and Melbourne events.

With over 70 food stalls and 9 bars across the two sites, Fairfax was very conscious that both events would produce a huge amount of waste. Their priority was to manage this waste in the most efficient way to ensure the maximum volume was recycled. This was the first time the Melbourne Night Noodle market had been run and the popularity was greatly underestimated with triple the estimated attendees enjoying the festival, bringing the head count to around 300,000. 

With the aim to recycle as much waste as possible Closed Loop worked with Fairfax to introduce multiple recycling streams appropriate to the events.

There was a two bin system front of house with multi-bin system for back of house to capture the greater number of waste streams. Food organics recycling was introduced for the first time in 2013 alongside co-mingled, glass and cardboard recycling. Each vendor was also equipped with a grey water tank and used oil was collected for transportation to off-site recycling. Closed Loop were able to increase staffing levels at a moment’s notice, especially for the Melbourne Night Noodle market where popularity was underestimated.

For 2013, we helped Fairfax achieve 75% of waste diverted from landfill in Sydney and 64% of waste diverted from landfill in Melbourne. During 2014 we saw improvement with Sydney achieving 87% and Melbourne 70% waste diverted from landfill. 

Reducing waste to landfill in a hectic, public environment makes both economic and environmental sense.

Achieving ambitious recycling targets for your event is possible even with the variability of weather, visitor numbers and operational challenges. Fairfax and Closed Loop worked closely to ensure that as many unknowns were accounted for. Next year there is no reason we can’t increase recycling rates further.

Closed Loop Services used in this case

  • Resource Management
  • Organic Recycling
  • Cleaning and Collection
  • Analysis and Insights


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