Melbourne Markets

Melbourne Market takes out global waste management award

Published 17 June 2016

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Melbourne Market has received recognition as a leader in reducing food loss and food waste at a World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) global awards ceremony in Poland last month. 

The awards recognise and support the promotion of wholesale market operations globally and contributions to the global distribution of fresh produce. 

Plenary Group Chief Operating Officer Glenn Hay said he was pleased Melbourne Market was recognised globally for the work it has done to reduce food wastage. 

“The Plenary team has worked closely with its waste management subcontractor, IKON Services, to ensure Melbourne Market’s infrastructure and technologies have minimal impact on the environment,” Mr Hay said. 

“The well-designed site ensures the market’s long-term sustainability and waste-minimisation goals, and is working towards achieving its 95 per cent recycling target.” 

In 2013 Plenary was appointed by the Melbourne Market Authority to facilitate the transition to a new site in Epping and now works as the asset and facilities management partner. 

“Plenary is responsible for delivering the operation of various facilities and asset management services at the market including facility maintenance, Market operations, cleaning and waste procedures,” Mr Hay said. 

“These processes are, in conjunction with food redistribution programs and market infrastructure, helping Melbourne Market become a world leader in this field.” 

More than 4,000 businesses use the wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market to buy and sell fresh produce for distribution across Australia.

Christopher Whitefield

Corporate Affairs Manager
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