It is hard to put on a successful event. The weather, staff, and logistics are always against you.
The last thing you want to do is be green.
However, some green ideas can save you a lot of money and time.
Here are 3 ideas that every festival and event should implement.
Stop Single Use Compostables and Plastic Products
In 40 years only 14% of plastic has been recycled
Compostable Plastic still has to be sorted and composed of like plastic. Unless you are paying for proper systems it will cost you more money and have no real effect apart from green washing.
It takes almost the same amount of energy to produce a reusable product as a compostable product.
Whether compostable or plastic. If single-use they will litter the event and make it untidy.
Use a reusable cup system like Globelet. This will save your event a lot of money and create real change.
Deposit Can Systems
Unlike plastic aluminium cans are more readily recyclable.
Festivals like Harbourlife and Grove in the Moo put a $1 deposit on all cans.
This means that customers do all the sorting and recycling of cans for the customers and saves you a lot of money on cleaning.
If you must use cans and wet pour is not an option, this is a great green option for events
The Brazilian/Australian team of Motti Smith are leaders in implementing a solution like this.
Festivals can produce a lot of waste.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you have a can or reusable cup system.
Vendors and Camping create the most waste.
The best solution is to contract a waste team who understands events and does 100% of sorting of both recycling, rubbish and compostable bins.
This has the benefit of having a record of where all your waste comes from, what it is and how much it cost so you can strategise to minimise it in future years.
Clean Event is the only waste company that will sort 100% of your waste and recycling so you can have data on your true diversion rate.