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What is a Wastewise Event?

A wastewise event is one that takes responsibility for Waste Management by adopting sound purchasing and packaging policies, waste and recycling collection services and clean up practices.

Up to 75 per cent of waste can be recovered at events by recycling and collecting organic (food) waste.

How to run a wastewise event

Tips and information on how to plan and run a wastewise event can be found at North East Waste (external link) or NSW EPA wastewise events (external link) Wastewise event bin station set up

View Council's Waste Info on what can and cannot be placed into each bin.

Contact a Waste Service Provider for bin services at your event. This can be searched online or in the yellow pages.


It is important to start the Waste Wise Event Planning in the initial stages of your event planning. Waste avoidance, recycling and organics collection (food waste) can be incorporated into each step of the planning process.


The majority of waste generated at events is from catering. Early communication with stallholders and the public can help avoid unnecessary packaging, like polystyrene, plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups and other single use items. Event organisers need to be clear to stallholderson what packaging requirements are acceptable and unacceptable at your event as well as what goes in each bin.

Red Lid Bin - Landfill Yellow Lid Bin - Recycling
Green Lid Bin - Organics

Recycling Organics (100kB PDF) , provides some advice and options that are possible for events.

Have a Bin Plan

Bins should be:
  • Placed in pairs of one recycling with one garbage. People are able to select the correct bin and view signage for both bins. This helps reduce contamination.
  • Positioned no more than 15m apart and are visible from the next one
  • Near entry / exit points, close to toilets/facilities and/or at intersections
  • In areas where food is likely to be consumed and purchased
  • Acessible to children, people with disabilities, service providers and collection
  • Emptied bins before they are full to discourage people from using the wrong bin or overfilling which can lead to rubbish spilling out on the ground
  • Clean and tidy to encourages correct bin use
  • Allocated to a waste manager or volunteer to co-ordinate emptying and checking bins.
  • Monitored by volunteersin close vicinity of the bins and ensure people are using them correctly or provide any direction as required.

Common contaminants of recycling bins are:
  • Non-recyclable plastics e.g. plastic bags and wrap, straws, polystyrene food packaging;
  • Food organics and food contaminated paper.


Why hold a Wastewise Event?
  • Changes behaviour by changing purchasing and consumption patterns

  • Conserves the environment for present and future generations

Case Studies

Check out what other events in your region have achieved:
2012 - Foodie Friday (899kB PDF)
2010 - Unity Festival (862kB PDF)
2009 - Tweed River Festival (131kB PDF)
2009 - Repco Rally Australia (178kB PDF)
2008 - Tweed Jockey Club (120kB PDF)

Promoting recycling at your event is important to the success of your recovery. A multi-levelled approach to delivering the message is best. Use this Advertisement (307kB PDF) in your brochures, program or web page and communicate a recycling message on the PA system at regular intervals during the event. Write a media release that highlights your recycling initiatives.

Further Information

Contact Council on (02) 6670 2400
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