Waste Incentive – City of Boulder

The City of Boulder, Colorado’s Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD) has developed the Zero Waste Incentive to assist event organisers source compostable and recyclable containers, collection services or educational materials that facilitate Zero Waste. This is an example of a municipality not just telling event organisers what they must do, but taking an active role in enabling them to do it – both through financial incentives and through offering guidance, services and doing some of the groundwork research. Event organisers can claim a maximum US$250 rebate for expenses relating to supplying compostable and/or recyclable serviceware, waste collection services for same, and educational materials and services.[i] In addition, the city supplies the event with small three-bin container system (compost, recyclables, landfill). This is designed to go above and beyond the regular waste disposal services of the city. Event approval requires the event organisers to ensure vendors remove from the event site any items that are both non-compostable and non-recyclable, and provide only recyclable or compostable serviceware (examples of local sources are provided by the city on their website). LEAD states its mission is to engage and assist the community to reduce waste and energy use through education, services and economic assistance. www.bouldercolorado.gov [i] City of Colorado:...

Sign up for a Bag Free Event

If your event falls on July 3 then you have no excuse but to have a ‘Bag Free Day’ event as that is international Bag Free Day! BAG FREE WORLD is the International plastic bag free day, a global action which aims at eliminating or radically reducing the use of single-use plastic bags in the world. If your event is held on any other day, join in the spirit and go bag-free anyway....

Encouraging Green Exhibitors

Exhibition organisers, who have hundreds of individual traders setting up stalls have the opportunity to significantly reduce the event’s impacts through working with each exhibitor to modify their planning and operations. Challenging exhibitors to be as green as possible and to recognise those that have performed well, is a great strategy. Have them ‘opt-in’ to low energy booth lighting, encourage electronic distribution of information (e.g. iPads rather than handouts), don’t allow plastic bags to be handed out, and minimise over-packaed sample sized giveaways. Don’t allow waste producing promotional items, and encourage signage to be reusable and made from sustainable materials. Also encourage car pooling for staff and offsetting any air travel....

Run a Green Trader Award

Encourage food stalls, merchandise stalls, exhibitors and other vendors to be as sustainable as possible. This can be the products they are selling, the physical set up of their exhibit/stall, or the way they are operating. Put signage out to recognise the winners and offer them discounts or free pitches at future events. The trader in the image to the right was the ultimate! She harvested discarded tents from Reading Festival and made them into rain ponchos and bags to sell at Glastonbury...