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ZERO WASTE & WASTE MINIMIZATION FOR EVENTS Bob McGivney – Director of Small Business & Event Sustainability.

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2 ZERO WASTE & WASTE MINIMIZATION FOR EVENTS Bob McGivney – Director of Small Business & Event Sustainability

3 HOW DO YOU TELL THEM ALL TO REDUCE WASTE??? DON’T PUT IT IN THEIR HAND!!!

4 PLANNING THE EVENT Planning early allows for waste reduction plans right from the start Minimizing waste reduces costs for everyone Identify behaviors that generate waste Flyers – use announcements Website – online registration and ticketing (even airlines do it!)

5 There are a lot of stakeholders when producing an event…START AT THE SOURCE Property Owners – what is their waste policy? Will they help? City Staff – permits? Awareness? Regulations? i.e. Parks & Recreation Sponsors – what are they promoting? What products will they bring? Packaging? Vendors – concession staff – what will they serve their product in? Contractors – cleaning services? Training? How much are they willing to do? Volunteers – what will their role be? Attendees – they just came for a good time

6 EVENT STAKEHOLDERS PROPERTY OWNERS & CITY STAFF – permits? awareness? regulations? create guidelines & enforce.

7 EVENT STAKEHOLDERS SPONSORS & VENDORS – What are they promoting or selling? Most of the waste starts here… Reduce or eliminate flyers & promotional hand outs Food Service: Buy items in bulk – eliminate single use items Reusable or compostable servingware Include mandatory use of reusable, compostable or recyclable items in contracts

8 EVENT STAKEHOLDERS CONTRACTORS & VOLUNTEERS Educate workers & volunteers about the importance of waste reduction – get them involved Offer good hourly rate for trash pickers – pays dividends Training workers is critical Be sure workers are willing to separate contamination

9 SIGNAGE & CONTAINERS Effective, clear signage is essential Must be easy to read & bilingual Use images & color codes Recycling = blue Compost = green Landfill = black

10 SIGNAGE & CONTAINERS Always keep containers together! Recycling & Compost always with landfill trash Be sure workers are willing to separate contamination

11 Containers for Event Recycling for 50 to 100,000  45 Gallon ClearStream Containers  Billboard for Sponsorship Logos & Messaging  Placed throughout grounds  Outside Only!!  20, 30 & 40 yard Roll Off Container  20’ L x 8’ W x various height s  Central location for easy truck access  Holds 80 carts worth of material  For guests  96 Gallon Toter Carts  Placed around perimeter for bag collection  For <3000 guests

12 Containers for Event Recycling for 50 to 100,000  2 yard mini-dumpster  Equivalent to 4 carts  Very flexible with placement  6 yard Front Load dumpster  Equivalent to 12 carts  Restricted placement

13 Post Event Report Example Recycling & Compost & Landfill waste reportWeight lbsVolume CuYd% Weight% Volume Single Stream Recycling %71.44% Organic Waste %27.48% Trash %1.08% Total % Total Diverted from landfill98.90%98.92% Tech Company Private Conference 2013 Austin Hilton Downtown - total cooperation with hotel staff 1200 guests – 3 days

14 Post Event Report Example Austin Triathlon 2013 Auditorium Shores – strict Park & Rec clean up standards 3500 participants Recycling & Compost & Landfill waste reportWeight lbsVolume CuYd% Weight% Volume Single Stream Recycling %61.11% Compost %5.56% Trash %33.33% Total % Total Diverted from landfill84.85%66.67%

15 Post Event Report Example Recycling & Compost & Landfill waste reportWeight lbsVolume CuYd% Weight% Volume Single Stream Recycling %62.50% Organic Waste %2.50% Trash %35.00% Total % Total offset from landfill45.61%65.00% SXSW Music 2013 Auditorium Shores – strict Park & Rec clean up standards 30,000 people – 3 days

16 Summary Plan Ahead for waste reduction Get property owner to help & enforce Communicate with Vendors & Sponsors Contractors & Volunteers – get them invested & involved Clear signage Get weights & volume tickets to see results


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