Whether it’s a farmer’s market or a multi-day music festival, events of all sizes and types often produce a large amount of litter and waste through disposable cups and plates, bottles, napkins, food, zip ties and other times.
Events are big influencers in changing waste management behaviour. One of the biggest drivers for change in the events sector is a desire to improve the environment. Events also provide a valuable mechanism for engaging and informing the community. Combined, these are strong components for effective action in waste elimination and litter prevention.
To support events during the transition towards a circular economy and to reduce their waste, RMCG worked with the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (now Recycling Victoria), supported by Bellarine Catchment Network (BCN), to develop the Zero Waste Event Guide.
The Guide focuses on how event organisers can prevent litter by considering waste generation and behavioural change impacts.
It uses a simple step by step process of best practice and key options to consider in the planning, delivery and evaluation of events to eliminate waste.
It also highlights successful waste management strategies used in case studies of events within the Barwon South West region and provides templates, fact sheets and tools to create a sustainable event.
To capture and recognise the region’s existing efforts, knowledge and skills on event waste elimination and litter prevention, the development of the Guide involved extensive consultation via a survey, interviews, case studies and a workshop with event and land managers. This consultation was key to informing the structure and content of the Zero Waste Event Guide.
While developed for the Barwon South West region of Victoria, the Guide can be used for events across the state.