We’re on a mission to help our community reduce waste at events. There are many ways we can all encourage less waste being created at events.
Events that are taking steps to reduce waste (with good waste minimisation actions) are viewed by the public as being better organised, forward thinking and caring about the environment.
As an attendee, by reducing your waste at an event, you’ll have a lighter impact on the natural environment.
There are many different types of events; outdoor public events, markets/fairs, sports tournaments, cultural, music, business events, trade shows, dinners, awards ceremonies and weddings. Plus many more! Location and event type will play a factor in how you can reduce waste in your setting.
Depending on the type of event, you could:
Although it’s seen as a greener alternative, compostable packaging can’t be commercially composted in NZ (due to contaminants), and it can’t be recycled. Compostable packaging has to go in the rubbish bin.
We hope that in the future compostable products will be contaminant-free and be suitable for any composting system.
For now, you can help reduce waste to landfill by avoiding compostable packaging. Try asking for a paper bag/napkin instead, if it’s suitable for the food item. Even better, bring your own container/cup. But don’t beat yourself up if you occasionally forget; we’re all human!
The best takeaway/event food packaging choice is for people to bring their own re-usable container. If you do, you’re an absolute sustainability champion!
As an event organiser, you can:
Consider these ideas:
We’re currently working on how we can support events with waste minimisation. Watch this space for updates in early 2023!
Contact our Waste Minimisation Team for guidance on how to reduce waste at events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can support event organisers, food sellers and caterers, stall holders, venues and anyone wanting to reduce their waste impact at events.
Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hastings District Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hastings District Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hastings District Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.
© Hastings District Council - / +64 6 871 5000 / email@example.com