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Minimising waste

Less waste means fewer potential problems and more streamlined waste management. Consider some of the following to help ensure litter does not distract from the overall experience of the event.

Ticketing and information
  • Prioritise digital marketing and ticketing.
  • Provide digital programming through an app or link. Electronic schedules also enable last-minute changes to be incorporated and information on artists or speakers to be provided.
  • Encourage patrons, staff and vendors to bring their own refillable water bottles (see page 9).
  • Avoid ’throw away’ novelties or promotional items. If they are used, ensure they are useful, reusable and made from sustainable resources.
  • Provide handouts only on request and printed on recycled paper.
  • Reduce use of packaging and single-use products where possible.
  • Encourage reusable service ware where feasible
  • Provide or sell reusable bottles or cups for your attendees for use across your event.
  • Ensure purchased items are recycled content material, are recyclable, reusable or are designed for durability and ongoing use.
Set-up and pack-down
  • Preference sustainably procured products designed for ongoing durability, repair, reuse and recycling.
  • Use reusable (or recyclable) signage rather than non-recyclable options (for example, corflutes which are to be used for a single event).
  • Only use decorations that are reusable, compostable or recyclable.
  • Choose reusable cable ties for temporary signage or cables.
  • Support sharing of fixtures and equipment (including hiring or leasing).