Waste management

Importance of waste management at your event

Managing waste at events helps ensure the safety and well being of patrons and to protect the environment where the event takes place. It is also essential to ensure the future viability of the event.

Waste reduction at events takes a further step towards reducing the overall environmental impact of the event, by considering what materials are brought in, sold or given away.

Through these practices the aim is to increase the recovery of recyclable materials used at the event and reduce waste to landfill.

Responsibilities of event organisers

Measures to reduce waste

Event organisers are responsible for ensuring that the following waste reduction practices are undertaken at the event:

  • both rubbish and recycling bins are provided to patrons and vendors
  • attempts are made to prevent litter and reduce waste, and
  • all waste is to be contained inside bins or skips.

Note that failure to effectively manage waste at events could result in the forfeiture of bond or discontinuance of future events.

Develop a waste and litter management plan

It is necessary for event organisers to develop a waste and litter management plan.

The aim of the plan is to prevent build-up of waste on-site and to provide for the efficient and safe removal of waste and litter. Instructions on safe handling methods and the hazards associated with waste must be given to staff and volunteers.

Some explanatory notes and guide can be found in Creating a Waste Management Plan (DOC 96Kb).

Clean up after an event

It is the event organiser’s responsibility to clean up the area after an event. Any rubbish remaining will be cleaned up by Council and charged to the event organising committee.

For further assistance with waste management contact Council on 9240 1111.

Post event feedback

As part of the permit application process and to secure the return of your bond, we request some simple feedback about your event. Download the Post Event Evaluation form (DOC 25Kb).