Reducing waste at events
Avoiding waste is a great opportunity to enhance the profile of your event and reduce your impact on the environment.
To get you started, have a look at our video of a recent concert at the Trafalgar Centre.
So why reduce waste at events? As well as showing the environment matters, the feedback from visitors and event organisers has been overwhelmingly positive where good waste minimisation is built into the event.
There are many ways to start your journey towards a zero waste event, and solutions can include:
- Diverting food waste and compostable dishes, etc, to a compost service provider.
- Designing waste out of your event by eliminating single use and extra packaging at the early planning stage.
- Consider using reusable items, and solutions such as wash stations on-site.
Our Guidelines for avoiding or reducing Waste at Events include:
- Short pre-event waste plan (559KB PDF) to work out what you need to do to reduce waste (download and use as a working plan)
- Guidelines to share with your stallholders (268KB PDF)
- Guidelines for your staff/volunteers (38KB PDF) to manage waste at your event
- Guidelines for reusables at your event (228KB PDF)
An hour of free support is available to event organisers to complete the pre-event waste plan – email firstname.lastname@example.org. Grants to support waste minimisation at events may also be available – check for current grants.
These great ‘how to’ videos by ‘Beyond the Bin’ will also help you plan and deliver a waste-free event.
Download Bring Your Own Cup or Bring Your Own Reusables posters (161KB PDF), Bring Your Own Plates, Cups, Cutlery Poster (81KB PDF) or contact email@example.com if you would like a printed copy.
Understanding what can or cannot be recycled is also important for event organisers. Check which plastics can be recycled.
Compostable plastics can’t be recycled – learn more about how this type of plastic should be used.
You can download signage for bins below:
- Waste – Para (14KB PDF)
- Recycle – Hangarua (18KB PDF)
- Foodscraps – Para Kai (sign includes paper plates, serviettes, wooden cutlery) (15KB PDF)
- Glass – Kōata (16KB PDF)
- Compostable Plastics (16KB PDF)
- Coffee Cups and Lids Go Here (for use in conjunction with other signs) (13KB PDF)
For further assistance or information email firstname.lastname@example.org