Spicers Balfour aims for zero waste without compromising luxury

Spicers Balfour in Brisbane is aiming become the Queensland’s first zero waste accommodation.

The 5-star property in New Farm has introduced food-scrap composting and has partnered with social enterprises to enable the hotel to recycle 95 per cent of waste.

The New Farm hotel now produces about one cubic metre of landfill each week – which amounts to one domestic wheelie bin of landfill per fortnight. This is compared with the two 600-litre commercial wheelie bins that were previously filled each week by the hotel.

“With council’s landfill levy having increased, what we’re not putting into landfill will pay dividends in that regard,” Spicers Balfour general manager Simon Magnus told the Courier Mail.

Spicers Balfour head chef Nick Stapleton.

New initiatives include eliminating hundreds of plastic containers from the kitchen, recycling of thousands of latex chef’s gloves and composting 100L of food scraps a day.

Other waste removing habits introduced by Spicers Balfour head chef Nick Stapleton include using reusable silicone pads instead of baking paper.

The hotel is also working with social enterprise Substation33 to recycle soft plastics.

“You can be sustainable and be zero waste but still have a good product and an award-winning restaurant,” he told the Courier Mail. “You don’t need to compromise your standards.”