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Waste Minimisation at Public Events

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Minimising Waste at Public Events

Council encourages event organisers to practice waste avoidance and minimisation and host a waste wise event. Waste wise events commit to avoiding waste generation in the first instance, and secondly, diverting as much waste as possible from landfill.

Council has prepared Guidelines for Minimising Waste at Public Events to assist event organisers. Council can also provide some assistance for event organisers. Refer to the Booking Form and Guidelines for Minimising Waste at Public Events for details of the assistance Council may provide and how to apply.

Hosting a waste wise event strengthens sustainable behaviour in our community and has many benefits.

  • Benefits for event organisers – save money by reducing post-event clean-up costs and the amount of waste sent to landfill. Recycling and litter reduction also enhances the reputation of the event, an attraction for tourists and visitors.
  • Benefits for the public – benefit from by being able to attend a clean and tidy event. Research by the NSW EPA shows 87% of event attendees want the event they are attending to be clean and free of litter, and support waste wise practices and want well-organised waste and recycling services (Jan 2015).
  • Benefits for the environment - benefits from a more sustainable use of resources, the avoidance of waste and litter, a decrease in material going to landfill, and the use of materials that are less environmentally damaging.

 Guidelines for Minimising Waste at Public Events.pdfGuidelines for Minimising Waste at Public Events.pdf

Single-use Plastic Management

Council has recently adopted a Single Use Plastics Management Policy which prohibits the use of single use plastics as follows:

  • Single use plastic bags
  • Balloons of any kind
  • Plastic Drinking Straws
  • Plastic Plates, Bowls and Cutlery
  • Polystyrene of any kind

Alternatives are available for each of the above items such as:

  • Single use plastic bags can be replaced with biodegradable and compostable bags
  • Balloons can be replaced by other promotional materials, such as pens etc
  • Plastic drinking straws can be replaced by cardboard or other reusable straws
  • Polystyrene, Plastic plates, bowls and cutlery can be replaced by compostable alternatives such as corn starch, cardboard, bamboo etc
  • Disposable coffee cups can be replaced by cellulose lined compostable coffee cups.

To find out further information about waste wise events contact Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

 Plastic Free Wollongong

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