The importance of after party clean up at venues
Concerts, festivals, movie nights, and all types of social events are fun to take part in. People come to have a good time with their friends, and to leave behind the stress of their busy everyday lives. Yet, almost none of them cares about what remains behind at the end of the day. As participants, very few of them spare a second thought about cleaning up the location after themselves.
Attendees rarely think about how many skips the event waste fill, how many tons of waste are produced, or how much of it is recycled at the end of the day. According to a recent study, 1.89 kg of waste is produced by a typical event attendee. Obviously, the numbers can differ depending on what type of event they attend and the location of the event.
Unfortunately, outdoor events tend to leave the biggest amount of waste behind for many reasons including the negligence of the attendees towards our environment and the lack of a sufficient number of litter bins where people can dispose of their garbage. Waste management is one of the biggest challenges for owners and managers of entertainment venues.
Most common waste produced by venues
If you have ever attended a music festival or simply went to watch a movie at the cinema, you have surely noticed that at the end of the event, there is a huge amount of litter strewn all over the place. Here is a list with the most common waste produced and left behind after events:
- Food waste
- Food packaging
- Plastic disposable dishes
- Coffee cups
- Plastic bottles
- Abandoned tents
Environmental concerns and proper waste management are two issues that haven’t been paid much attention until recently. However, more and more people become aware of how our reckless actions impact our planet leading to heavy pollution, poor quality air, climate changes, and the waste of natural resources.
While some events and venues are doing great at keeping waste to a minimum to minimise their environmental impact and leave no trace after the event, others fail tremendously to do so. Read on to find out why waste management at venues has such big importance and how to reduce waste left behind.
Reduced environmental impact
The major environmental challenges we are all experiencing these days have triggered the need for an immediate change in how much waste we produce and the way we manage it. Obviously, the most important benefit of implementing an effective waste management program for your venue is reducing its negative impact on our environment. The less waste is produced during the events, the less amount of garbage ends up in the landfills. Unrecycled waste can have a huge negative impact on our environment because while some waste will eventually rot, not all of it does and only contributes to the greenhouse effect.
There is probably no one in the world who would like to arrive at an event for which they have purchased a ticket and find a total mess with plastic bottles and food packaging laying on the floor. Although most of them forget to clean their own garbage at the end of the event, guests have high expectations to be welcomed into a clean and healthy area that has a pleasant smell. Thus, managing waste properly is a must if you want your venue to maintain its good reputation.
Tips to reduce event waste
Waste management and reduction are huge challenges faced by venue owners and event organisers. If preventing waste and transforming your events into green ones are two of your main goals, here are a few tips to help you reduce the waste produced by your venue:
Organise a sustainable event
Sustainable marketing is the new golden ticket to success for businesses from any industry. Environmentally-friendly consumers expect businesses to go green and change their business practices. Thus, no matter what type of event you organise, make sure the audience knows that it is an eco-friendly one. It will not only help you gain a good reputation among today’s consumers, but it will also help you control how much waste is left behind after the event is over. Offer the attendees the opportunity to recycle on-site by providing litter bins and bins that have different compartments for recyclable items. Another great way is to get your attendees to read and sign a green agreement that states that they will dispose of their waste responsibly in litter bins.
Make access to your event with e-tickets
Selling tickets online for your event, whether it is a music festival or a movie at the cinema, can significantly reduce the amount of paper waste. No participant keeps the purchased ticket to an event after it is over. So, the tickets always end up in the first trash can the attendees see on the street. So, there is no point in wasting such a huge amount of paper when you can use innovative technological solutions for selling tickets online.
Ask for help with waste management
When you are organising a huge event that hosts thousands of participants, waste management can become a huge challenge. If you want your event to leave no trace of waste behind, seek professional solutions for your waste management. Partner with a waste management company to help you properly dispose of all types of waste produced during the event. Waste balers and compactors are also an innovative solution for helping venues handle huge volumes of waste and reduce their environmental impact.
All venues seem to have increased the number of bins on site which clearly show people where to dispose of their waste depending on their type and material. However, while venues are doing their best to produce the least amount of waste possible and recycle most of it, it is also the responsibility of the attendees to contribute to reducing their environmental impact and be more considerate about where they dispose of their garbage.
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