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14 Points on How to Achieve Zero Waste at your Next Event

05/02/2020 Already Property Services

Thinking about achieving zero waste event?

Well, What are the events where you can execute zero waste procedure and steps required to make it work? Zero Waste event can be any function, a corporate party, a wedding or a school function that has set a target of material and goes to the landfill.
Many people think it’s a daunting task and unachievable to divert all the waste away from landfills. However, this is not the case. Some strategies can help you work toward the goal of zero waste. Undoubtedly this needs a lot of planning and you need to execute some changes in the way you plan an event. 

The foremost thing you need to keep in mind is that the steps that you take during the process will make all the difference rather than the end product. Here we have discussed some tips on how to reduce waste at event by effective planning but before that let’s see what we should consider before beginning the process:

The foremost thing you need to keep in mind is to fix a target that is realistic yet challenging as well. The objective should ask for you to put effort but doesn’t put a burden on you and the resources.
You should meet your partner for discussing the feasibility. One thing you need to keep in mind is that not everything can be achieved at one go and you shouldn’t go all at once to start the waste program.

Steps to achieve Zero Waste at your Next Event:

  1. Start with purchasing responsibly to avoid hazardous material and limit packaging. This first step ensures that you only bring limited waste in the first place. Make sure that the things that you are bringing at the event place is either reusable or recyclable.
  2. Send RSVP for the event to get an understanding of your food provision. This way you will get a vague idea about the number of people. Hence, you can cut down on the left-over food wastage.
  3. Try to make use of electronic media for marketing purposes and invitations rather than printing brochures and flyers to eliminate the wastage of paper produced in the event.
  4. So before your event, try to make a list of items that will require disposal. The foremost objective of zero waste event is to stay away from landfill.
    This comes with multiple options like donating leftovers from your event. Ask your venue to see if they have some partners or are familiar with a donation program. You can place the leftover food or give them to local food banks or charities. 
  5. You can rent a zero-waste station for composite bins and recycling bins at your event.
  6. You should utilize plant-based plastic bags or bio-bags that can be composite and recycled easily.
  7. Look for a local compost or recycling vendor who can drop off the waste or can offer people with composting and recycling solutions.
  8. Another good idea is to go for a waste management service that can take care of post-processing waste.
  9. In case volunteers are available, ask them to stand guard around the waste disposal areas. This way you can ensure that all the waste is going to the respective paces. This way the trash can be easily and quickly picked from those located places.
  10. Shop for disposable products such as utensils, cups, napkins, etc. Some suppliers also inculcate Vegware, Eco-Products, Green Paper, Products, etc.
  11. Now work with the venue to ensure that waste bins are labeled appropriately both in front and back of the house. To begin with the front house, check the floor plan and plan accordingly where your attendees will be throwing most of the waste. Place bins near to those locations. For instance, if you plan to keep food and bottles then place bins alongside them. Also, keep bins for back-of-the-house waste that is office paper and kitchen scraps. Additionally, place the correct landfill and compost bins in the venue and label correctly in big fonts so people don’t face difficulty in finding and the waste goes to the right bin. For example, name bins for plastic, glass, paper and organic.
  12. Also at times, some events have a large amount of leftover form the event, like construction debris and carpet. Start working with the venue to see if they have any provision for such waste. In case they don’t have, then do your research and find recycling facilities that can take care of the larger debris.
  13. Another important step is to train your back house staff. It will not take more than 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to inculcate these pointers in the training:
    a. Run them through the new zero-waste practice and inform them about recyclable and compostable. Next, inform them about how to dispose of these materials properly. 
    b. Do share with the motive behind it and how their efforts can make a difference. Make them feel responsible for their efforts.
  14. Here are a few final recommendations that you need to pay attention to for achieving Zero waste target in your next event:
    a. Bin guarders should not be considered as an option. If you think attended should be left on their own to dispose of the waste then it becomes important to have signs and bin guards.
    b. Awareness among the attendees beforehand is crucial as well.
    c. Always remember convenience to people is the key. Some people don’t want to take the pain of keeping the waste into recycling or compost till the time they don’t find a bin next to them.
    d. Make sure to get feedback from the volunteers and venue. This valuable feedback will help you move forward and improve the process of zero-waste efforts.

Now you have seen, the major part is the executing process and keeping a communication throughout. Similar to any other routine, the zero-waste process gets easier with practice. Following these steps will make following zero-waste procedure a habitual thing, similar to gathering RSVPs, sending invitations, and securing vendors. Just like many other event planners, achieving zero waste event will become the next honorable achievement for you as well.

All the best for your next event!

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