Waste Management for Major Events


Like house demolitions and renovations, big events tend to generate a lot of waste in a short span of time. Some would need the help of ten truckloads to accommodate all the plastic waste from marathons, various awarding ceremonies, concerts, music festivals or sports leagues.

It is one of the major environmental issues being faced by urban areas. While the event management has a disposal and reuse programs, these plans were being challenged. Tetra packs, sachets, food wrappers, water bottles, papers, and cans are the staple wastes after an event.

Aside from these unsightly factors, wastes also pose health risks and removing them become a costly expense for organizers and event managers. There are several waste management steps to implement at every event.


When we create waste management plans, we should set realistic goals and doable methods to meet our target. You should assign a team to handle this area of the event. However, you should also gather other parties involved in the event, so everybody will take responsibilities and assist in the waste reduction efforts.

Communicate with your staff, associate personnel, vendors, and contractors to raise awareness of your goals and to emphasize their role in implementing it. Include it as well in all your contractual agreements and service contracts.


Consider the different waste streams so you can determine the number of trash bins and the system to use for the event. Have a clear signage with a combination of images and words, so people will know where to throw their garbage.


Find out if your waste minimization efforts are a success or if it requires modifications. Track the necessary improvements on your reports and don’t forget to include what you and the entire events management team have achieved in your waste management program.

You can also try these new environmental waste management schemes to avoid lagging.

  • Provide a separate bin for recyclable materials. Proper the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” While managing your garbage inputs, you also should handle the outputs. Placing a repository in visible areas is effective.
  • Encourage the audience only to use reusable cups or plates and biodegradable disposables.
  • Look for potential sponsorship or seek the help of volunteers to clean-up and sort materials. Also, setting up a large back-of-house station is recommended. It is where volunteers or paid staff can work on sorting through garbage bags that were already full.
  • Impose an incentive program by giving the crown recycling bags where they can collect trash and submit it to the staff for a reward or token.

For those who are planning to have a large outdoor event like food or music festival, expect that waste management could be one of the tedious tasks to handle. These events produce tons of waste, and it needs some careful planning on your part to manage it efficiently.

These are just some ideas to incorporate into your waste management plan for an event. Prevent extra expenses by planning and considering diversion efforts appropriately.

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