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Managing waste at your event

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Waste minimisation

We want to help you plan a zero waste event in line with our Waste Management Minimisation Plan

Some events can generate a lot of waste - we work with event organisers to develop a plan to manage and minimise waste.

What type of waste will your event generate?

Consider all the supplies, catering, resources such as hand-outs, decorations and equipment needed: how much waste can be avoided, reduced, reused, recycled or composted? 

Plan to minimise waste from the start - talk to food and drink vendors about making the right the choices.

Use recycling stations

Place recycling, compost and waste bins together with signs on the bins.  
Put the recycling stations near busy areas and at the entry and exit. Make them visible with flags and banners.

You can borrow free recycling bin stations from us. Book and collect from customer service at 15 Fitzherbert Street.

For more great ideas, read the Waste Reduction at Events pamphlet.


How about rewarding people for providing their own containers?

Items left over after the event could be reused by charities rather than going to landfill.


Encourage stall-holders to recycle and compost their waste.
Also plan how customers can recycle or compost their waste.


Compost is better for the environment so try and choose serveware products that are compostable.

Waste minimisation plan

Create a waste minimisation policy and plan - communicate it to everyone involved. 

Most people want to do the right thing, but they get confused at an event, others are just not interested and have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude. Recycling bins at events are often contaminated unless systems are put in place.

For more information

Talk to our waste minimisation staff about how to plan a zero-waste event.

Pamphlet - Waste Reduction at Events [PDF, 1005 KB]