Zero Waste Event Guide – Available now

Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (BSWWRRG) are pleased to present the Zero Waste Event Guide (The Guide or ZWEG).

The guide is a collaboration led by BSWWRRG and supported by Bellarine Catchment Network Caring for our Bays. The Zero Waste Event Guide was developed after both organisations identified a gap in guidance, approaches and shared resources for event waste management and litter prevention following years of work with events in the region.

The purpose of the Guide is to help event organisers, land managers and patrons eliminate waste and prevent litter at Victorian events of all sizes and types, regardless of their duration, location, number of patrons or setup.

The Guide 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.

The Guide and templates are the most up to date resource available to event managers including post COVID-19 applications.  Each chapter includes an overview, best practice steps and key considerations, as well as references to other relevant tools and templates. The guide’s easy use allows application for planning, delivery and evaluation stages for events and for events of all shapes and sizes.  Case studies and survey results also provide practical insights and tips from event managers of sustainable events across the Barwon South West region.

The outcomes of this project will be that events of all sizes can transition effectively, steadily and successfully to more sustainable, eco-friendly events, minimising waste and litter, and increase community acceptance in new environmental / resource recovery event systems.  It is hoped that local governments and land managers are encouraged to adopt the guide as part of their waste-wise events policies and the issuance of permits for events on public land.

To view the Guide, click here.

Additional work has also developed physical event kits and resource recovery stations available for use by events across the region.

The Guide was developed by BSWWRRG and RMCG and funded by Sustainability Victoria with support from the Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group.