Environmental Sustainability Provides Food for Thought

25 November 2011

A number of cafes and restaurants on Sydney’s North Shore have been doing their bit for the environment,
thanks to the help of the Better Business Partnership (BBP).
Mumu Grill and Tapas Bar in Crows Nest, Nilgiris Fine Foods in St Leonards, and Pablo and Rusty’s café in
Gordon, have all participated in the BBP program, which has provided their business with tailored
assistance, and recognition for their efforts, in working towards sustainability and for being a community
minded businesses.
The owners of each of these three small food businesses have proven that being environmentally
sustainable does not cost the earth. In fact, it has cost them nothing at all, and they have even discovered
that they can save money! At a time when energy prices are rapidly rising, this shows that the proof of the
pudding is certainly in the eating.
Craig Macindoe, owner of Mumu Grill and Tapas Bar, has always had a strong sustainable ethos driving his
steakhouse. He grows his own herbs on site, in planter boxes made from recycled timbers. His involvement
in the Better Business Partnership has helped him solve a long-term environmental problem of how to more
appropriately dispose of bones and meat waste. The solution is an innovative device that pulps almost all of
Mumu’s waste and stores it ready for collection. This pulp is then transferred to a special processing facility
near Parramatta that uses this waste to generate clean green electricity.
“With the carbon price coming, our waste disposal cost to landfill will increase. However, because of the
simple steps we have already taken, and this amazing solution, we will make immediate savings and will
continue to do so,” said Craig Macindoe, owner of Mumu Grill.
“We are proud of the achievements of local businesses who have made the choice to work towards
sustainability, I encourage our community to shop locally and support better business” said North Sydney
Mayor, Genia McCaffery.

“The Better Business Partnership team works hand in hand with each member businesses to assist them to
implement cost saving actions. I encourage all local businesses to take advantage of this free program” she
About Better Business Partnership
BBP is a partnership of Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils with the local business
community and has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust
and Sydney Water's Every Drop Counts Business Program.
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E: Rebecca.Hill@Willoughby.nsw.gov.au
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