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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.

Waste minimisation questionnaire

The waste management and minimisation bylaw requires event organisers to complete a waste minimisation questionnaire if their event is being held on Council-owned public open space.

Waste minimisation planning guide (389kb pdf)

It is 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 advise whether any further information is required to ensure that event organisers are doing all that they can to minimise waste and divert waste from landfill.

Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2012 (58kb pdf)

Event recycling and waste guide

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. 

Event Recycling and Waste Guide (545kb pdf)

Resuable Product Guide

Reusable products are a great way to cut down on waste at any event - big or small. Encourage vendors and attendees to use reusable plates, cutlery and cups at your event and provide some great systems for their use. 

Local event waste management providers

Here in Tauranga there are service providers who offer waste and recycling services at events to better assist with achieving diversion from landfill. 

These small businesses offer a range of services which may suit your event, these can include the following options tailored to suit your needs:

  • full three bin service for compostable, recyclable and landfill
  • separate glass collection
  • delivery and removal of bins and all collected materials from event
  • provide wheelie bins, or bespoke bins for waste collection 
  • work with food vendors on appropriate packaging for waste diversion
  • provide recycling signage  
  • public litter bin covers 
  • volunteers or recycling crew to work on the waste stations for optimum diversion
  • site managers responsible for all waste operations
  • written reporting on waste reduction achievements 
  • litter collection throughout the event
  • complete council waste minimisation questionnaire.

Get in touch directly with the below contacts to receive a quote and find out more about what they offer to cater for your event. 

Company name Contact details
Closed Loop Greg Schicker
027 761 9713
Waste Watchers Marty Hoffart
027 230 2256
Waste Wizards Vincent Callister
020 4155 7543
Why Waste Leo Murray
022 066 4869

If you are a service provider and would like to have your information on the website, then please contact the WMMP Project Officer on 577 7000.

Waste minimisation signs 

Signs are available for download and can be used at schools, businesses and events. 

View all waste minimisation signs

Last Reviewed: 21/04/2022

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