Zero Waste Events Guide coming soon

A new guide will soon be available to help event organisers make their events ‘zero-waste’.

Developed by BSWWRRG in partnership with Bellarine Catchment Network Caring for Our Bays and Loddon Mallee WRRG, the Zero Waste Events Guide provides step-by-step guidance for event organisers to reduce waste and litter at events.

BSWWRRG Executive Officer Ashley Pittard said that the guide can be used for all sizes and types of events, regardless of their duration, location, number of patrons or set up.

“The guide caters for all events, from a small school fete to a large multi-day music festival.”

“The guide covers zero waste considerations throughout event planning, delivery and post-event evaluation. It includes a number of regional case studies as well as templates and tools that event organisers can use to plan their zero-waste event.”

Queenscliff Music Festival is one of the events showcased in the guide. Mr Pittard said that after discovering that 94% of waste material collected from the Festival was going to the landfill, event organisers took action to reduce waste.

“Event organisers switched to reusable crockery and cutlery and replaced 100 on-site bins, with 10 strategically placed bin stations that collected four waste streams and were staffed by bin fairies to help patrons use the bins correctly. Through these initiatives, around 95% of the material collected from Festival was diverted from landfill which is an amazing achievement”.

“It is just one example of what can be achieved with some planning. Through looking at waste types and volumes, setting realistic goals and taking action, event organisers can make a big impact on waste reduction, providing positive outcomes for the environment and community.”

The development of the guide was funded through Sustainability Victoria’s Regional Litter Plan grants. The guide is expected to be released in early 2021 and will be available on BSWWRRG’s website.