The Night Noodle Markets is set to kick off in Wellington on Wednesday 18 April for five nights at Frank Kitts Park. Featuring a smorgasbord of food offerings, a fully licensed bar and family-friendly entertainment, the event is also proving its commitment to sustainability with initiatives and partnerships set to dramatically reduce landfill waste.

“We’re always looking for ways we can cut down our events’ landfill footprints,” says Event Manager Simon Carter. “One of the things we have noticed in past Night Noodle Markets was the amount of rubbish produced by vendors and left behind by event-goers, much of which was non-recyclable.”

When the Night Noodle Markets was held in Wellington in 2016 a total of 9 tonnes of waste was generated, 43.6 percent of which was diverted from landfill and recycled.

“While we were happy with that result at the time, we have certainly come a long way and are anticipating to divert more than 75 per cent in this year’s event,” says Carter.

This may sound ambitious, but a rethink to the event’s approach to food packaging has proven a major success at the recent Auckland and Christchurch Night Noodle Markets.

“In Auckland last year we managed to divert 77.9 per cent of waste, and in the recent Christchurch event we almost matched it with 77 per cent,” Carter explains.

As with the Auckland and Christchurch events, food stallholders must use approved packaging made from plants and plant waste from supply partner Innocent Packaging.

It’s not just food packaging that has gone clean, as a partnership with Globelet means that no drinks will be sold in single-use disposable plastic cups.

“In 2016, just on 8,000 single-use disposable plastic cups were used for drink sales in Wellington. This year, that figure will be zero.

“For $3, festival goers can purchase a cup to use throughout the event. When they are done with it, they can return it for a $1 deposit or keep it as a nice memento.”

Returned Globelet cups are professionally cleaned and then put back into use at the event, further reducing landfill waste.

Entry to the five-day event is free and food prices range from $5 to $15. For more information visit www.nightnoodlemarkets.nz/wellington or search for Night Noodle Markets NZ on Facebook.

Key Event Information:

  • When: Wednesday 18 April to Saturday 21 April, 4pm – 10pm; Sunday 22 April, 4pm – 9pm
  • Where: Frank Kitts Park, Jervois Quay, Wellington
  • Cost: Free entry