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Incorporating the waste hierarchy for your event (see below) is a good way to reduce waste, especially landfill waste. It will make your event a more pleasant place to be and reduce your clean up time and costs.
One area likely to generate significant volumes of waste and litter at your event is single use and disposable food packaging and entertainment goods such as balloons, plastic bags, silly string and pamphlets. Avoiding these items where possible is a good place to start.
Gain written commitment from stallholders (especially food vendors) to use recyclable, compostable or recycled packaging or other Waste Wise alternative.
Reducing Waste and Litter
Avoiding disposable packaging items, will reduce the amount of litter and waste being produced and going to landfill. To further reduce waste and litter, you could:
Re-using and Recycling Waste
It is worth asking what sort of waste is likely to be generated by your festival stallholders in their internal operations and providing ‘back of house’ waste systems for the most voluminous of that waste. Food vendors, for instance, are likely to produce a lot of food waste.
Waste and Recycling Bin Caps and Signage
Check what signage is available for your waste, recycling and food organics bins. A clear indication of what goes in each bin will educate patrons and reduce the costs associated with having to tip contaminated recyclables into landfill. Signs suitable for your event can be made up.
Coloured bin caps which sit on top of open bins make it easy for patrons to identify waste and recycling bins. The caps are usually covered with pictures indicating which items go into which bins. Alternatively, you can custom-make your own signs as indicated in the above paragraphs.
If your bin hire company does not have suitable bin lids, ask Waste Management or Integrated Planning departments whether they can access them for you.
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