The Riverside Espresso Bar in Brunswick Heads run by Mardi Iversen (left, with staff Trent Gannon and Ellie Stewart) is the first business in town to win the North East Waste Forum award for using sustainable business practices.
The Riverside Espresso Bar in Brunswick Heads run by Mardi Iversen (left, with staff Trent Gannon and Ellie Stewart) is the first business in town to win the North East Waste Forum award for using sustainable business practices.

No waste and happy chooks at cafe

NOT a scrap of food is wasted at The Riverside Espresso Bar in Brunswick Heads – anything diners don’t eat goes straight to some very happy chooks in Burringbar, or into the compost.

The café, run by Mardi Iversen and Allan Weekley, is the first business in Brunswick Heads to receive the North East Waste Forum award for using sustainable business practices, an award that celebrates the efforts local businesses make to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.

As well as diverting kitchen scraps from landfill and paying to recycle all their paper products, Mardi and Allan are also committed to serving fresh local produce as far as possible.

“We shop at the Farmers Market in New Brighton every week,” said Mardi.

“We have a weekly farmers market special on the blackboard – last week it was a pork roast, with local kiplers and Bangalow pork.”

Other local delights include a frittata made with Tweed Valley fetta, Summerland olives and free range eggs from Kyogle, and naturally the coffee comes from Newrybar and the milk from Norco.

And as the range of local produce available expands, Mardi’s vision of being able to provide a “locavore” environment, one where as little as possible is trucked in from a large distance, comes closer.

The Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce is right behind the North East Wast Forum’s goal of encouraging businesses to go green.

"Our chamber is very keen to work with Byron Shire Council, the North East Waste Forum and local businesses on strategies to reduce and reuse as much waste as possible in Brunswick Heads,” said Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce president Matthew Denehy.

“With 23 eateries, organic waste reduction strategies are an obvious priority for us, and besides supporting the principles of environmental sustainability, there are very compelling economic reasons to recycle and reduce waste in these turbulent economic times."

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