Recycling at Byron in business

BYRON BAY eatery Soulbowl has only been open for six weeks, but it has already developed a reputation for being environmentally friendly.

Matt Miall said they were keen to recycle as much as possible right from the start.

“We consider it our responsibility to be sustainable wherever we can,” he said.

“I think having recycling bins available to our customers also provides a good frame of reference for people, given that we’re located so close to the beach where some people are still littering.”

But Soulbowl isn’t the only Byron business which is thinking green.

According to a new survey done by the North East Waste Forum on behalf of Byron Shire Council, many hospitality businesses are making an effort to reduce waste.

The results showed that 32 per cent of businesses source and buy local and/or organic produce when possible.

Many businesses also use recycled paper or biodegradable cups and containers, energy efficient lights and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Other results included:

83pc recycle cardboard;

44pc recycle glass and plastics and

15pc recycle organics by taking them home for composting, worm farms or chickens.

But a third of cafes and restaurants said landlords and body corporates were the biggest setback for businesses wanting to improve on their recycling efforts.

Byron Local overcame this by paying for their own recycling bins.

Lynne West said it was a worthwhile investment.

“It’s such a minimal cost that allows our business to reduce our ecological footprint and provide sustainable options for our customers,” she said.

“Most people recycle at home, but the means to do so when on holiday or out and about are limited.”

NEWF project officer Samala Hogg said offering recycling bins for customers was a great way to show the business’ commitment to the environment.

But she also said it was important that the bins were correctly labelled.

Visit, or call Samala on 0408 701 907, or email

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