Ten Steps Plan

Ten steps to recycling at public events


1.      Looking after the environment isn’t a drag – it’s good, positive action!

2.      You can make a big difference! People are powerful and all individual actions and choices are very very important. So…..

3.      Choose to prioritise the environment when buying and preparing for the event as much as your budget allows.

4.      Can you make a personal commitment to throwing away the minimum?

5.      Less rubbish in means less rubbish out! When planning your stall, consider how to reduce the waste that it might generate – dealing with all waste costs money. So try to reduce the amount of packaging and wrapping etc.

6.      Try to make choices that will reduce the impact of your activity on the environment. So say you are running a drinks stall – can you buy cups that can be washed and reused? If not, can you source cups and plates that are biodegradable or compostable, or paper rather than polystyrene? Can you have a bin under your stall to put recyclables into?

7.      If running (or part of) a team, could recycling be part of your team ethos?

8.      If it is impractical to recycle everything, anticipate what will be the main sources.

For instance, if you know that loads of plastic bottles are going to be sold, then arranging to have a bin for plastic bottle recycling will make a big difference!

9.      Can you make it as easy as possible to recycle? Consider arranging recycling facilities near your activity and telling your visitors they are there. Can you provide clear signs and labelling?

10.  During the event, let everyone know that the event is committed to recycling, and that you are too. Point out the recycling facilities and that you want their help. People are used to recycling at home, so they will be co-operative.

Commitment, communication and co-operation…helps people to reduce, reuse and recycle

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