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Recycling at events

Help protect the environment and lower event costs by reducing waste and by using the following information when planning your event.

Nelson City Council has a policy of encouraging waste minimisation at both Council and public events.  A range of support to achieve this is available through Council. 

Planning a zerowaste school event?

The Nelson Environment Centre has a kit available for loan for people wanting to hold a zerowaste event.

Go to the Nelson Environment Centre website for more details.

Re-used plates/ cups may be obtained from:

  • your school kitchen
  • Nelson Environment Centre (has 150 ceramic plates, mugs and cutlery available for free loan)
  • your local op shop
  • recycle centre (Nelson Recycle Centre ph +64 3 548 5603)

Potato starch or other biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery can be composted (in industrial compost facilities) or used as seedling pots and wooden utensils can be later used as markers for seedlings in the school garden.  Most catering suppliers now stock biodegradable disposable catering ware.

A useful leaflet on some of  the different types of compostable and biodegradable disposable catering utensils currently available has been produced by Brittany Packer as part of a Bayer Boost scholarship. This leaflet provides information which may assist event organisers in choosing products appropriate to their event should they choose to compost as part of their waste minimisation strategy. 

Download a copy of the leaflet  (56KB PDF)

Download a copy of the full report on recyclable utensils (1.9MB PDF)