Our Market


Here at the Adelaide Central Market we are committed to becoming a more sustainable community and reducing our environmental impact. Here are some of the ways we are reducing our environmental footprint:

Waste Reduction

The Adelaide Central Market has reached a significant milestone in its long-term plan for a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Market. With the installation of a Bio Separator in 2019 Market waste is now diverted away from landfill.

Instead of going to landfill, waste is now diverted to recyclable waste streams which produce compost for the farming industry, biofuel for powering water treatment facilities and processed engineered fuel products which provide a sustainable alternative to the industrial use of fossil fuels.

Our waste streams include:

  • Organics (Bio Fuel)
  • Organics (Compost)
  • Co-Mingle (recyclable plastics, tin, glass etc)
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • General Waste (Dry)

Organics (Bio Fuel)
Approximately 75% of our organic material is processed onsite into liquid which is then taken by SUEZ to SA Water’s Sewage Treatment facility where it is processed by their anarobic digestion plant. The methane gasses from the anaerobic digestion process are captured and used to provide power to the SA Water’s facility and the remaining organic material is then used as fertiliser for the farming industry.

General Waste Dry
By ensuring the vast majority of ‘wet waste’ i.e. food items, oils and liquids are diverted into the appropriate recyclable waste steams we are able to send our general waste to SUEZ’s ResourceCo facility.  At the SUEZ-ResourceCo facility, these dry items are turned into Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) for use in existing power stations or cement kilns. The feedstock materials are sourced from construction activities, refurbishments and site fit-outs, manufacturing facilities and in our case pre-sorted waste streams.

Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF) is a practical and sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels in cement kilns. The process harnesses the energy contained in combustible material that would usually go to landfill. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions thereby improving overall environmental outcomes.

Food Rescue

OzHarvest are a non-denominational charity that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivers safely to charities in need. The total contribution to food rescue from the Adelaide Central Market, since 2012 is approximately 350,330 meals, equating to 117,099kg.  By diverting this food from landfill, the our traders have helped the environment by saving 187,358kgs of CO2-eq* greenhouse gases and 16,745,157 litres of water!

*CO2-e have been calculated using the food waste conversion factor (t x 1.6) found in Table 40 (page 71) of National Greenhouse Account Factors, July 2011 (Australian Government, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency), available at http://www.climatechange.gov.au/publications/greenhouse-acctg/national-greenhouse-factors.aspx

Electric Vehicle charging

In collaboration with the City of Adelaide, UPark Central Market offer 11 x 22kW electric vehicle (EV) charging points, located on Level 1 (adjacent to the Gouger Street lifts).


Many of our traders are committed to sustainability too and members of Plastic Free SA.  Check out the list of plastic free champions here.


There are many ways our customers can shop sustainability at our Market:

  • Bring your own bags, produce bags, clean containers and shopping trolley (or buy a reusable bag from our Market Stall)
  • Pick up a Market box from the Gouger St entrance
  • Separate your rubbish into the recycling, organics or landfill bins provided
  • Say no to additional plastic

Check out what we’re doing for Sustainable September – don’t forget to BYO bags!