Event Waste Management
If you have thousands of people attending your event, you are going to need some kind of professional waste management. From drinks containers to burger wrappers and everything in-between, organisers of county shows, festivals, concerts and trade events have a duty of care to make sure that all the waste produced at these occasions is sorted, transported and disposed of sustainably.
Most people who attend events agree strongly with the notion that waste has to be handled sustainably in this day and age. They are more than happy to separate their waste when appropriate bins are supplied, for instance, for plastic and paper.
Creating a Greener Event
There is much that event managers can do to improve their green credentials and lower the impact of the day on the environment. This can include:
- Using cups and containers that are biodegradable or can be easily reused.
- Making sure there are plenty of individual bins for different types of recycling.
- Employ volunteers or staff to make sure that waste is collected and segregated rather than left on the floor and that bins are changed frequently, especially at busy events.
- Providing the right waste disposal bags for traders and other attendees.
- Making sure that visitors are aware of your green intentions, perhaps telling them how you are going to dispose of waste and putting in incentives for them to comply.
All businesses have a duty of care to make sure that they handle waste appropriately and events are not different. This can be a big undertaking for something like a concert where you might have thousands of people coming through the door in a short space of time. The main legislation that informs safe waste disposal is the Environmental Protection Act 1999. Most local councils will also have their own stipulations when it comes to waste management at events and the criteria for being granted an operating licence will normally depend on having a good strategy for handling waste in place.
Most events will use the waste hierarchy when they put together their plan. This is a way of handling waste that is covered in the EU Waste Framework Directive. It works on the basis that prevention of waste should be the primary concern of any business, followed closely by reusing and recycling. If the right plan is in place, then the amount of waste that needs to be sent to landfill after the event finishes will be almost negligible.
Event Waste Equipment
The main equipment for event waste management are the bins that allow audience members and visitors to take part in the recycling process. Most are happy to do this and providing bins with separate compartments for items like paper, cups and plastic can save someone having to sort through it at the end of the event. Litter collectors may well be employed and given tools like grabbers for rubbish that has not been put into bins. Event organisers will also have skips, containers or wheelie bins for aggregating the waste once it has been collected from bins.
What We Do as a Waste Management Company
With thousands of events taking place across the UK every month, the event waste management industry has grown considerably in recent years. It generally pays to outsource and get in the experts who can look at a particular site and provide the appropriate waste management measures rather than trying to undertake this kind of management yourself, no matter the size of the event.
We will generally provide the bins and collection services a festival or concert needs, including disposing and recycling of the waste at one of our central waste depots. We can also advise on the right materials such as cups and plastic glasses that should be used at the event to better aid the recycling proccess.
Why Use Us?
Hiring specialist event waste management company like us is becoming increasingly popular because businesses and event managers and owners get the expertise needed to process waste sustainably and safely. As with any other business operation, having a clear audit trail of that waste is important and a legal requirement. We are registered as a carrier and have the necessary permits or exemptions if you have any waste that is out of the ordinary.
Contact us today to see how we can cost-effectively help deal with your event waste needs.