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Waste Wise Events Review and Recycling Signage Style Guide

May 2004

Jo Connor

© EcoRecycle Victoria 2003

© EcoRecycle Victoria 2003

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Education sector

  • Community organisations
  • Business
  • Events
  • Public places
  • Households

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the waste wise events program
The Waste Wise Events Program
  • Part of EcoRecycle’s Waste Wise Program
  • Series of steps and tools leading to certification
  • Main aim is on diversion, with some reduction
  • On-ground support provided by Regional Education Officers

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who becomes a waste wise event
Who becomes a Waste Wise Event?
  • Events program has been running since 1999
  • 31 events certified in 02/03
  • Certified ‘Hallmark Events’ identified by Tourism Victoria*
      • Moomba (1999 and 2004)
      • Rip Curl Pro
      • Wangaratta Jazz Festival
      • Caufield Racecourse also use the bin caps during the Spring Racing Carnival (not certified)
    • * Trevor Connell, Aug 2003, The Impact of Victorian Major Events in Australasian Special Events Magazine.

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why be a waste wise event
Why be a Waste Wise Event
  • Meet expectations of event visitors. EcoRecycle research* shows
    • 87% support the introduction of recycling
    • 67% would use recycling bins if introduced
    • 95% believed event caterers should be encouraged to use environmentally friendly packaging (50% believe they should be forced)
  • REO Assistance
  • Bin Caps

* Walllis Report Survey of Recycling at Public Events. Research Report for EcoRecycle c1999

Photo: Waste Audit, March 2004, Waste Wise Event Auditing.

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Why be a Waste Wise Event

Data source: WasteMin, March 2002, City of Moonee Valley Festival 2002 Waste Audit.

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old program
Old Program

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new program
New Program
  • Five simple steps with Three stage certification process
  • Kit of Best Practice tools for facilitating the program.
  • Certification by REO
  • Recycling Signage Style Guide
  • Design of new bin cap stickers
  • Program Trial

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moomba waterfest trial
Moomba Waterfest Trial
  • First trial for new program
  • 850,000 people
  • Birrirung Mar and Alexander Gardens and Swanston St for Pde
  • Managed in house by City of Melbourne staff
  • Use of contractors
  • 100+ bin stations

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step 1 getting commitment and improving on last year
Step 1 Getting Commitment and Improving on last year
  • Written commitment
    • Policy documents
    • Cleansing/Waste management
    • Catering
  • Improvements

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step 2 talking to your contractors about setting up bin systems that work
Step 2: Talking to your contractors about setting up bin systems that work
  • Front and Back of House Streams
  • Bin Caps
  • Bin Positioning
  • Maintenance
  • Holding Facilities
  • Transportation and Recycling

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back of house skips
Back of House Skips

Sources: Waste Audit, March 2004, Waste Wise Event Auditing.

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step 3 talking to your stallholders about minimising and recycling packaging
Step 3: Talking to your Stallholders about Minimising and Recycling Packaging
  • Catering contract
  • Packaging items eliminated
  • Excellent compliance

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step 4 promoting your system with your patrons
Step 4:Promoting your System with your Patrons
  • Basic activities during event
  • Signage
  • Media release
  • Logo

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step 5 learning to make improvements
Step 5: Learning to make Improvements
  • Waste Audits
  • Behavioural Assessments
  • Report from Contractors
  • Debrief meetings
  • Improvements

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recycling signage style guide
Recycling Signage Style Guide
  • Key issue
  • Consistency with PPR
  • Consistency and flexibility
  • Research and consultation
  • Field testing

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Recycling Signage Style Guide
  • Colour
  • Symbols
  • Text and Font
  • Ready to Use
  • Templates
  • Custom Signage

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signage melbourne park
Signage – Melbourne Park

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signage trial
Signage Trial
  • Waste Audits
  • Behavioural assessments and interviews
  • First trial site was Moomba Waterfest

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outcomes from moomba
Outcomes from Moomba
  • Overall diversion rate of 15-20%
  • Contamination rates of between 7 and 16%
  • 30% of general waste was recyclables
  • Vendors complied with packaging requirements
  • Vendors disposal was a problem
  • Sources: Waste Audit, March 2004, Waste Wise Event Auditing.
  • Rob Curnow,Community Change results from Moomba behavioural assessments pers comm
  • Brian Sharper, CleanEvent, pers comm and Commingled and General Waste Data from Moomba

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Recycling Signage Style Guide
  • Comprehensive approach to developing signage
  • Provides for consistency and flexibility

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waste wise events program next steps
Waste Wise Events Program - Next Steps
  • Work with Venues ready for the Commonwealth Games
  • Finalising the Program, ToolKit and Style Guide
  • Building on the relationships with key stakeholders
  • Developing a business case for Waste Wise Events

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