Events are a core part of most cities tourism revenue stream, however when events pop up in a city, the existing litter bins and waste management services are not necessarily suited to manage the high volume of waste. Due to time and resource constraints, this often means that waste is scooped up in dust carts and landfilled.
But what if recycling rates could be improved by better knowledge and audience communication?
We at Kambe Events, are teaming up with Resource Futures, the UK’s leading waste management consultancy to host a workshop on 11th March in Birmingham to address these issues.
The day will include a detailed overview of how the current waste legislation can actually help event organisers, get the best out of their contractors whilst gaining a real understanding of the best local disposal facilities.
To address audience communication, Rachel Lilley, a behaviour change and communications specialist will demonstrate why people don’t respond to certain signage and messaging; and how this can be remedied with simple measures, such as signs on the floor leading to
To galvanise the learnings, each participant will have time to create a draft action plan for their city.
The places are limited to 30. Find out more about the Waste Management Workshop page.
Many festivals may be pleased to read that their waste management contractors report recycling rates of between 80 and 100%. . But has that waste really been recycled, are these figures realistic? And should the focus be on recycling rates anyway?
Ed Cook, Waste Management Consultant from Resource Futures suggests that if UK households are only able to manage around 47%, it’s unlikely that festivals would be able to achieve much more. His experience shows that more realistic recycling rates, for outdoor music events with camping, are likely to be between 15 and 30%. And of course, there are always those items that just are not recyclable; tents, broken camping equipment, plastic film, and food contaminated recycling.
Of course many non-camping events achieve much higher recycling rates, sometimes between 30 and 50% but this is still a far cry from the 80 – 100% claims made by some waste management contractors. So what is really happening to this waste and how can a festival organiser hold their contractors to account? Ed Cook will be presenting a no-holes barred account on 19th November at the Kambe ‘Beautiful Festivals- Managing Waste Successfully’ workshop. He will be providing a detailed account on how waste is managed and processed and what to expect from each different facility after waste leaves a festival site.
According to the European Waste Hierarchy, preparation for re-use and waste minimisation should be considered before recycling and energy recovery. Although re-use and minimisation won’t increase recycling rates, they help to prevent materials becoming waste in the first place; reducing handling, disposal and reprocessing costs. One example saw Shambala Festival reduce wood recycling rates from 62 to just 5 tonnes in 2015 by storing their wood for use at the 2016 festival. Measures like this and many more will be discussed by Shambala’s waste management contractor Greenbox Events and Festival Director, Chris Johnson.
The Kambe ‘Beautiful Festivals- Managing Waste Successfully’ event will also address audience engagement with Behaviour Change practitioner Rachel Lilley. Common human behaviours will be highlighted including advice on how to change attitudes towards festival litter and the growing challenge posed by discarded camping equipment. Find out more by signing up on the Kambe Workshop page and taking one of the last few spaces.