Community events occur in our cities every day of the year attracting many people, which in turn generates significant quantities of waste and recyclable materials. The last thing on most organizers minds is how that material will be managed, yet having a visible recycling program shows visitors that your community is forward-thinking, encouraging future visitors and events. In some communities, where permits are required for events, staff are looking at how they can incorporate good management practices, for waste and recycling initiatives, into their permit process.
A program developed by Metro Waste Authority is intended to help organizations reduce the amount of waste and litter generated at community events and to recover recyclable materials from the waste stream. While focusing on recycling, this guide also touches briefly on other environmental concerns that may be incorporated to further improve the environmental impacts of community events.
The Coast Waste Management Association has made available a copy to you in the hope that you will find it useful in developing a similar initiative for your community.