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A sustainable event aims to minimize the environmental impact of waste going to landfill by adopting best practices in the management, including providing waste and recycling.

It is important to ensure that the waste management system is suitable and easy to use, as simple systems will allow visitors to do the right thing: recycle easily and dispose of general waste properly.

There are many ways to prevent and manage waste, depending on your level of commitment, time and experience.

We have listed some of the most common and easy ways to tackle waste management for you to use, but if you feel a little lost, and need some extra help, you can always count on us to make your event as sustainable as possible.


Waste production management
  • Communicate with vendors to find out the level of waste they generated and the issues they had

  • Share recycling initiatives to attendees (electronically, via volunteers, etc.)

  • Accounting and invoicing should be done electronically

  • Rent instead of buying wherever possible (Decoration, backdrops, carpets, etc.)

  • Donate items (decorations, carpeting, etc.) which cannot be reused to community projects

  • Collect paper that has been used on one side only in collector trays and reuses for printing and notepaper

  • Print only necessary material, and on both sides. Send relevant documentation by email beforehand

  • Donate surplus office supplies to charities or organizations

  • Utilize electric means of communication such as website, phone apps

  • Extend the use of material and products (rent, re-use, store from a year to the next, etc.)

  • Buy reusable beverage containers

  • Avoid date marking (banners, signage, etc.) to allow re-use

  • Avoid the small sachet packets of sugar, salt, coffee, etc.

  • Encourage caterers to include on-demand/live cooking counters

  • Encourage vendors to limit paper vouchers and switch to online giveaways

 Waste and recycling on-site
  • Manage a wide range of bins (paper, glass, aluminum, organic, incinerables) and deploy those across the venue (spectators area, stabling, parking, camping)

  • Plan your recycling and composting sites for easy access

  • Aim to recycle all the paper; provide recycling paper marked bins across the different areas of the event

  • Ensure old light bulbs are recycled

  • Have efficient signage for the recycling bins

Grey Waters Treatment
  • Only use chemical-free cleaning products

  • Ensure cleaners are educated on environmentally friendly cleaning practices, training should include information on cleaning agents, equipment, machines used and waste management

  • Utilize venues which channel wastewater into sewerage treatment plants; plan along with municipal authorities

  • If not connected to municipal sewerage lines, collect wastewater and transport it to sewerage treatment sites.