Guidance for
Outdoor events

Engaging with visitors, traders or vendors and employees

Staff training ideas:

  • Equip staff and volunteers with appropriate protective equipment for undertaking litter picking and bin emptying duties during the event;

  • Ensure they know what can and can’t be recycled to minimise contamination;

  • Provide clear instructions on what they should do with different waste streams or recyclables to help you meet your new recycling obligations. This includes identifying risks and how to mitigate them;

  • Provide training to permanent, seasonal and temporary workers. Use orientation training to ensure new starters can recycle from day one, with regular training and reminders for all employees;

  • Consider the size of containers, especially those for food waste, to reduce manual handling risks for anyone emptying containers into larger bins;

  • Encourage staff to tell you how it’s working throughout the event and make changes as necessary and

  • Get feedback from the staff after the event to identify and implement any improvements for future events.

Engaging with visitors, traders or vendors and employees

If you are taking on responsibility for waste management for vendors and stall holders, ensure that they understand their responsibilities and arrangements for recycling and waste management and provide them with sufficient bin capacity to ensure they can recycle as is required by the new workplace recycling law.

It is a good idea to promote the events recycling services to visitors in the promotional and pre-event information. This can also be included in any social media messaging and information available during the event online or on digital display boards at the event.

After your event, ask your waste and recycling collector for information on how much waste was produced and recycled. Use this information to review how you can increase recycling at future events and consider setting targets to reduce waste or recycle more. Any successes can then be shared with your events stakeholders, e.g. local communities, and to traders and vendors on the importance of their involvement in the success.