It’s a tough gig – and although one could reduce plastic production in numerous ways, Dominic is convinced this innovative tactic will activate people’s nostalgia and work wonders.
“The milkman was serving these streets [Mosman] until the mid-80s, and everyone remembers the milkman fondly.
“We’ve looked at the past, brought back that model and modernised that,” Dominic said.
Mosman’s milkman heritage dates to the 40s.
Mosman local Syd Flynn once delivered 302 litres of milk each day (by horse and carriage) in the 1940s.
Back then, car ownership and electric refrigeration were a rarity forcing supermarkets and homes alike to rely on daily deliveries of fresh provisions.
Dairy was one of them, so it was up to Mosman’s resident Milkman Syd Flyn, to make those deliveries.
The former firsts rugby player would begin at 4 am lug 302 litres of milk to 240 houses in five hours, by horse and carriage, in pitch black darkness.
No wonder this occupation was dissolved in the wake of the everyday use of electric refrigeration.
But not just the reminiscent taste of cold milk straight from the glass bottle has led Dominic to dive into dairy delivery.
Restore works with Tilba Dairy on far South Coast of NSW. Tilba Dairy is 100% Australian – and family-owned.
Despite milk being a key component in most Australians’ diets, the NSW Return and Earn scheme does not accept plastic milk bottles.
According to the Department of Primary Industries, from 2020-21 NSW produced 1.75 million litres of milk.
Also, in 2020-21, the Return and Earn scheme achieved a 9 per cent reduction in drink container litter compared to the previous year.
The NSW Return and Earn scheme does NOT accept plastic milk bottles, contributing to huge amounts of landfill.
With the significant amount of milk being produced and consumed in NSW compared to the potential of mass plastic reduction when adding community involvement, Dominic saw the milkman as a mechanism for connecting the two.
“Milk bottles are one of the key things that go into landfills, so I think it’s a good place to start.”
If you stroll through the dairy aisle in any major supermarket in NSW, you won’t see any glass containers for milk; this is another issue RESTORE wants to tackle.
“When I went to the supermarket, they’re just not giving us those options. Everything’s coming in plastic. Plastic is convenient and cheap, but there are consequences to that model, consequences on our health and the environment.”
Dominic is a regular at North Side Produce Markets in North Sydney.