A RIVERINA farm has hatched a fresh idea to reduce waste.
West Walla Farm has introduced “keep cartons”, reusable egg cartons that can be refilled at farmers’ markets and the farm gate.
Owner Tobias Lehmann said more than one million dozen eggs were eaten every day in Australia.
“That is a lot of cartons and packaging heading to landfill, even if most of it is recyclable,” he said.
“Egg cartons weigh about 60 grams each, so if you quickly do the sums, that equates to about 24 million tonnes of waste a year.
“Reusable cartons are a small but significant step in the war on waste and we hope other producers follow suit.”
West Walla Farm is also working with restaurants and commercial customers to deliver eggs on reusable trays.
The BPA-free polypropylene (PP) egg cartons can be bought from West Walla Farm or farmers’ markets.
Their Rambling Riverina Pastured Eggs come from hens who are moved onto fresh pasture every few days and shelter in chicken caravans.
The keep cartons will be available at Riverina Producers Market, Wagga every Thursday; Wodonga Junction Square Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of the month; and Corowa Federation Market on the first Sunday of the month.