Reducing waste at events

Avoiding waste is a great opportunity to enhance the profile of your event and reduce your impact on the environment.

So why reduce waste at events? As well as showing the environment matters, the feedback from visitors and event organisers has been overwhelmingly positive where good waste minimisation is built into the event.

There are many ways to start your journey towards a zero waste event, and solutions can include:

  • Diverting food waste and compostable dishes, etc, to a compost service provider (always check beforehand which products/brands local compost service providers will accept)
  • Designing waste out of your event by eliminating single-use and extra packaging at the early planning stage.
  • Consider using reusable items, and solutions such as wash stations on-site.

To help you with your planning we have created some easy-to-use guides:

Download Bring Your Own Cup or Bring Your Own Reusables posters (161KB PDF)Bring Your Own Plates, Cups, Cutlery Poster (81KB PDF) or contact if you would like a printed copy.


Understanding what can or cannot be recycled is also important for event organisers.  Check which plastics can be recycled.

Compostable plastics

Compostable plastics can’t be recycled – learn more about how this type of plastic should be used.

You can download signage for bins below:

For further assistance or information email