We encourage you to minimise the environmental impact of your event. Keep it green!
Try starting small with some of these suggestions:
Encourage biking, walking, carpool or the use of public or shared transport. Include information about bus routes with tickets or partner up with a company to offer discounts or freebies. Offer prizes or discounts for those who carpool.
Ticketing and marketing online can be more affordable than getting items printed and has less impact on the environment. Think websites, social media, blogs and apps!
Work with your suppliers to ensure they keep the environment in mind. Ask your suppliers how they plan to deal with their waste at the end of the event and whether they use recyclable products. Working with your suppliers early could mean less waste for you at the end of your event! Encourage suppliers to minimise packaging and the use of plastic.
Have clearly marked recycling bins near your food stations or rubbish points to encourage the public to recycle.
Events can use a lot of water. Consider putting water conservation messages near where water is used to remind everyone that water is a precious resource, not to be wasted.
Here’s some prompts for thinking green and identifying environmental impact areas:
The Ministry for the Environment has published an in-depth piece called the Greener Events Guide, which includes practical steps for event organisers to reduce impact in areas such as supplier contracts, transportation, waste, energy, water and recycling.
Check it out online at www.mfe.govt.nz for more ideas.
Waipa District Council also has a Waste Minimisation Fund which offers funding support to individuals, community and cultural groups, businesses and education centres who wish to engage in a waste minimisation project or event.
See www.waipadc.govt.nz/wasteminimisation for more info.