A ‘park bench’ constructed from soft plastics, and other single-use plastics that could not be recycled, at the UNIFY Gathering.

ENVIRONMENTAL group ‘B-Alternative’ is making a big impact on reducing environmental waste locally and at festivals around Australia.
At the recent UNIFY Gathering in Tarwin Lower, they helped improve resource recovery massively from previous years.
They managed to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by 42 per cent and increase recovered resources by over 800 per cent.
Environmental consultant for B-Alternative, former Kilcunda resident and graduate of Monash University Tim Landells, is passionate about reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill.
“We ensure that events have no single-use plastic and all food vendor packaging is compostable, turning a landfill-destined process into a closed loop cycle, where ‘waste’ can be valued as a resource,” the environmental science graduate said.
“A recovered resource can be compost, recycling, upcycling and giving anything another use that was destined for landfill.
“Our goal at music festivals and events is to divert as much waste from landfill as possible, and to get the festival and its patrons to embrace reusable living.
“A good result this year was installing our reclaimed plastic park bench, although this isn’t the answer it is a practical use of waste.”
The bench was made completely out of recycled plastic, melted down and reformed into the table.
“In this time, where we are transitioning away from single use plastics, if we can turn them into something that is going to be valued and last forever, then it’s a no brainer,” he said.
The team also work with schools around Victoria, educating on the harmful effects global plastic pollution is having on the environment and our health.
“We are also currently rolling out a school’s resource recovery program; this will help schools reduce their waste sent to landfill and subsequently decrease their waste management bills,” Tim said.
The group are also starting their own festival that will aim to be carbon negative, restoring degraded agricultural land into a future field of permaculture.
“This will mean the planet actually benefits from us running the festival,” Tim says.