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Event waste minimisation

We love our city and want to preserve and take care of it. Environmental sustainability is increasingly important to venue operations, attendees and sponsors, and should be incorporated into your event planning.

We encourage you to contact our event facilitation team in the first instance to discuss the event’s feasibility and to offer advice and guidance on the next steps to take

The waste management and minimisation bylaw  requires event organisers complete a waste minimisation questionnaire if their event is sponsored by us or being held on Council owned or controlled land or road.

It is also recommended that event organisers who run events on private land also complete this questionnaire to ensure their event follows best practice.

Waste minimisation questionnaire

The questionnaire assists event organisers to identify:

  • types of waste that will be generated at the event
  • how waste can be reduced, reused, recycled or composted
  • the service providers that will be used to provide and service bins
  • existing facilities onsite
  • proposed  bin systems to be used (e.g. rubbish, recycling, composting)
  • whether volunteers will be used to man waste stations
  • who the main stakeholders are (e.g. vendors, attendees, venue manager etc)
  • how events will communicate waste management to stakeholders
  • details about removing litter from the event and surrounding areas after the event.

Following the submission of your waste minimisation questionnaire, we'll whether any further information is required to ensure that event organisers are doing all they can to minimise waste and divert waste from landfill.

Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2012 (58kb pdf)

Vendor packaging guidelines

As an event organiser you can ensure that you are doing all you can to divert waste from landfill, by working with your caterers and food vendors to design a waste stream that uses compostable and recyclable food packaging. 

We've developed vendor packaging guidelines that outline what packaging is accepted at the local composting and recycling facilities. 

Vendor packaging guidelines (1mb pdf)


The following signs are available for download and can be used at schools, businesses and events. Please note that smaller signs can be made available on request.


Rubbish sign Rubbish (15kb pdf)
Nappies and liners Nappies and liners (15kb pdf)
Plastics 5 Plastics - containers 5 (13kb pdf)
Plastics bags and wrap Plastics - bags and wrap (15kb pdf)


Plastics Plastics 1 and 2 (15kb pdf)
Recycling sign Recycling - plastic, glass, cans, paper and card sign (15kb pdf)
Glass bottles Glass - bottles (12kb pdf)
Glass brown bottles Glass - brown bottles and jars (14kb pdf)
Glass clear bottles and jars Glass - clear bottles and jars (13kb pdf)
Glass green bottles and jars Glass - green bottles and jars (13kb pdf)
Cans drink Cans - drink (10kb pdf)
Cans food Cans - food (10kb pdf)
Cans food and drink Cans - food and drink (12kb pdf)
Cardboard Cardboard flattened (11kb pdf)
Paper sign

Paper (10kb pdf)

Paper and cardboard

Paper and cardboard (11kb pdf)

Plastics fonterra milk bottles

Plastics - Fonterra milk bottles (14kb pdf)

Food and Garden

Food compostable packaging Food compostable packaging (15kb pdf)
Food and garden Food and garden (15kb pdf)
Food scraps Food scraps (12kb pdf)
Coffee grounds Coffee grounds (14kb pdf)
Garden cuttings Garden cuttings (13kb pdf)

Paper towels and napkins

Papertowels napkins Paper towels and napkins (12kb pdf)


Clothing rags Clothing and rags (13kb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 18/12/2017

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