Ways to reduce waste include:
Production & Infrastructure:
- Hire don’t buy
- Design in end of life salvage for all purpose-built elements.
Giveaways and Event Collateral:
- Restrict useless giveaways
- Give things people want to keep
- Ban plastic bags
- Reduce packaging
- Use re-usable food and beverage containers
- Inform audience what is available at the even to avoid over-catering for themselves.
Food & Beverage Service:
- Avoid over catering
- Have a food salvage program in place (Oz Harvest)
- Use bulk dispensing, not bottles or cans poured into cups (double waste)
- Use disposables that can be recycled or composted.
- Take back the tap – use tap water not bottled water
- No single serve sachets
Registrations & Ticketing
- Committing to paperless registration, completing it online where possible.
- Communicate all event information online & via email.
- Paperless ticketing.
Promotions, marketing, merchandise and sponsors
- Reduce the volumes of promotional flyers and posters printed and distributed.
- Be frugal in producing your printed program and other printed materials for the event.
- Ban all flyer distribution at your event, by traders, NGOs, sponsors and the event itself.
- Ban waste creating ‘give-ways’ by sponsors, NGOs and traders – encourage ‘experiential’ activities rather than sample giveaways if they will create waste.
- Ensure all sponsors meet your waste, purchasing and production guidelines.
- Ensure all NGOs meet your waste, purchasing and production guidelines.
Traders, catering, bars
- Use refillable and reusable cups, containers, plates and cutlery. Put deposits and refunds in place to ensure they are returned.
- Ask all traders to use bulk dispensing – not single sachets of sugar, butter, sauces, salt & pepper etc.
- Ban drinking straws.
- Don’t allow plastic bags to be used, instead offer re-usable bags for sale – important for merchandise stalls.
- Ban polystyrene packaging from traders (goods packaging as well as cups and burger trays)
- If you must use disposable food service-ware, make sure it is compostable and that you collect it separately.
- If you must use drinks in bottles, cans and tetrapaks, ensure that they are collected separately and recycled.
Bottled drinking water is a major creator of waste. The most environmentally preferable option is to provide water from the town mains supply and dispensed into re-usable bottles.
- Use tap water or bulk stored water where possible.
- Encourage participants to bring re-usable water bottles.
- Sell or provide re-usable water bottles.
- Sell or provide water bottle holders/carriers which will encourage re-filling bottles.