The funding for the Wales Event Recycling Project came to an end on March 2011 after a very successful four years.
The Project has worked with over 100 events attracting over 3.5 million visitors between them, diverting over 35 tonnes of material from landfill for recycling. Events have included the Royal Welsh Show, Eisteddfods, Local Authority events as well as smaller scale community events.
Hay Festival, regarded as one of the most prestigious literary and cultural festivals in the world has benefitted with the project's involvement and has seen considerable progression in its recycling targets and the festival’s aim in 2011 is to be a Zero Waste event. Ruth will be working at the event to ensure it achieves its ambitious target.
Ryder Cup 2010
In 2010 the Project helped coordinate the recycling at the Ryder Cup in Newport, considered golf’s most prestigious tournament and was the largest and highest profile event the Project has been involved in. The event saw more than 135,000 spectators over the three tournament days between 1st and 3rd October.
Ruth was involved with the Ryder Cup Environmental Steering group in the two years prior to the event sharing best practice and providing Recycling Wardens during the event to help ensure the success of the recycling schemes. The Ryder Cup initially proposed a 90% recycling and reuse target pre event, and the schemes were able to successfully divert 87% of the total waste collected from landfill.
Ruth's Top Event Recycling Tips
Commitment – make sure everyone involved in planning the event agrees with and fully supports the proposed schemes. This will ensure any changes in policy or operating procedures are implemented and supported.
What to recycle? – assess what materials are generated at your event and which materials to target. It will usually be plastic bottles, drinks cans and cardboard.
Bins - Always place recycling bins next to litter bins to ensure minimal contamination in the recycling bins
Recycling Wardens – volunteers to educate visitors on the schemes in place and ensure minimal contamination in the recycling bins.
Communication – make sure you tell visitors, stakeholders, funders what you are doing to promote the ‘greening’ of your event.
Where next? Develop and improve the schemes from the first year to include more materials, add more bins leading to becoming a zero waste event!
For more information you can request or download a copy of the Wales Event Recycling Guide.
About the Project 2006 - 2011
The Wales Event Recycling Project aimed to implement ‘best practice’ event recycling systems in Wales in partnership with event organisers, local authorities and community sector partners.The project provided practical advice and support to event organisers on carrying out successful event recycling schemes.
The project also provided infrastructure items such as:
- Bins - large and small
- Labels for bins indicating which materials are to be collected
- Flags to indicate location of recycling bins
- Large promotional signs which can be placed around the event site promoting the fact there are recycling schemes in operation
The Wales Event Recycling Project was funded by the Welsh Assembly Government with the project and the Project Officer post hosted by Cylch.
The key project partner was Waste Awareness Wales who co-ordinated the ‘Recycle for Wales/ Ailgylchu dros Gymru’ campaign and were responsible for producing all promotional branded items for the Project. The use of this branding delivered a consistent recycling message across Wales regardless of where the event is held.