Waste management

Planning for waste management at an event is vital not only to ensure the safety and enjoyment of event staff and visitors, but also to reduce the impact of the event on the site itself and the environment more broadly.

Some important steps you can take include:

  • Providing recycling and organic waste collection bins
  • Avoiding or minimising single-use waste items such as straws, plastic water bottles, bags, cutlery and packaging
  • Rewarding the use of reusable cups, bottles, etc. with discounts or prizes for event patrons and
  • Rewarding stallholders/vendors who use products that are made out of recycled material or are recyclable, with discounted fees.

It is a requirement that waste generated by an event is responsibly removed to restore the site to its former state. Event organisers need to plan for the removal of waste such as:

  • Stallholder, vendor and contractor waste
  • Hazardous waste such as first aid, needle and syringe units
  • Sewage and sullage (dirty water from kitchen and washing facilities) and
  • General rubbish generated by patrons.

Other than for small social gatherings, existing park or street litter bins should not be used to dispose of event waste. Recipients of Council grants may have waste management services provided for them as part of their grant. There are many commercial waste collection service providers that can supply bins and collect and dispose of waste. If your event is in a park, conditions will apply to the entry of vehicles and precautions need to be taken for the safety of park users as well as trees, turf and other infrastructure.

The Sustainable Events section in this guide has more useful information.

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