Sustainability Principles at Malak Marketplace
Malak Marketplace holds sustainability principles at the core of its operations and has significantly committed its management practises and stallholders to eco-friendly and sustainable development.
Its sustainable operational activities around water, energy and waste policy and practises are outlined below, they include:
- Promote stall holders to provide a measured amount of water in containers for their stall use.
- Free water stations are available for our volunteers, kids and public.
- Washing up and other waste are to be disposed of in the “water waste” drums provided.
- No liquids of any sort or oils can be tipped down drains or sinks. In all instances, liquid waste must be taken away at the end of each Market.
- Promote producers to use sustainable irrigation (drip irrigation).
- Promote stall holders to save grey water for use on gardens.
- Monitor and record monthly water usage from common area water meter.
- Promote the use of solar rechargeable lighting.
- Restrict stallholders to a minimal number of electrical and /or gas appliances per stall.
- LED lighting used in all our iconic decoration lanterns.
- Energy monitors installed in main switchboard.
- No double adapters are to be used – power outages can be avoided by the use of individually switched power boards and correct power distribution within the stall. Current rating of cooking equipment and appliances must be considered when using power boards.
- We advise stallholders to use gas cookers.
- Strict shutdown time for all electrical appliances from 8.30 pm, half an hour before market closes.
- Promote stalls to serve foods that have low energy consumption per serving (e.g. salads, no- bake goods).
- Stallholders may only use power leads and electrical equipment that are safe, comply with Occupational Health and Safety requirements and are tested and tagged.
- All stallholders with powered sites are required to have a current Certificate of electrical Compliance and comply with all relevant Work Health & Safety regulations. Testing and tagging service can be provided onsite if required.
- Monitor; Record monthly consumption. Compare to off season usage. Achieve reduction goals.
- Non-organics are taken to the most appropriate recycle.
- Educate stallholders and the public with regard to waste reduction goals via advertising and word of mouth.
- Eligible containers to container deposit scheme (with the benefit going to Darwin Community Arts).
- Organic waste is taken to a compost solution in Malak’s Community Garden.
- Plastic or non-recyclable materials are barred from Malak Marketpalce. Stallholders should provide paper bags or bags made from recycled or biodegradable products, such as EPI bags. Produce should not be bagged into non-biodegradable bags for sale to the public.
- Stallholders must provide prepared food and drinks to customers in compostable, recyclable or reusable containers. Eating utensils, serviettes, stirrers should be single use and compostable.
- From 1 January 2017 MMP removed all single-use plastic bags, EPI or otherwise, plastic containers, utensils, knives and forks, etc. from all markets. Reusable jute and large paper market bags will be on sale for customers.
- Oil waste is collected and recycled by Fryer Fuels.
- Market goers are encouraged to bring their own containers to market.
- Encourage stallholders in the use of recyclable containers.