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Reducing Waste and Boosting Recycling for Your Next Corporate Event

Written by Lucia Conti

As an experienced event planning agency, we at Smart Eventi have seen it all when it comes to waste management at corporate events. From piles of single-use plastics to mountains of discarded printouts, the amount of unnecessary waste generated can be staggering. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With some smart planning and a commitment to sustainability, your next event can drastically reduce its environmental impact.

Understand Your Waste Footprint

The first step towards reducing waste is to get a clear picture of exactly what and how much you’re producing. Through years of experience, our agency has obtained extensive knowledge of the types and quantities of waste typically generated at various events. We can work with you to conduct a detailed audit, tracking everything from food scraps to packaging materials across all your vendors and suppliers.

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Rethink Your Approach to Materials

Armed with data on your waste footprint, you can then start to implement strategies to minimise it. A great place to start is by critically examining the materials you’re using throughout the event. Can any single-use plastics or other non-recyclable items be replaced with more sustainable alternatives?

For example, instead of handing out individual water bottles, consider setting up water refilling stations with reusable cups. Instead of printed agendas and handouts, provide digital versions that attendees can access on their own devices. And when it comes to decor and signage, opt for materials that can be reused or recycled after the event.

Implement Robust Recycling Systems

Of course, even with your best efforts to minimise waste, there will still be some unavoidable waste produced at your event. This is where having an effective recycling system in place becomes crucial.

Work with your venue and waste management providers to ensure you have plenty of well-marked recycling bins strategically placed throughout the event space. Make sure your attendees are aware of the recycling options available and provide clear instructions on what can and cannot be recycled.

Engage Your Suppliers and Attendees

Reducing waste at events is a collaborative effort, and it’s important to involve everyone. Ensure that your suppliers are aligned with your sustainability goals—let us help you choose the right partners!

It’s also crucial to engage your attendees and encourage them to participate in your waste reduction initiatives. Use signage, announcements, and other communication channels to explain the importance of recycling and waste minimisation, and make it as easy as possible for them to do their part.

While implementing a comprehensive waste management strategy for your event may seem daunting, the benefits far outweigh the effort. Not only will you be doing your part to reduce your environmental impact, but you’ll also enhance your brand’s reputation as a socially responsible organisation. And as more and more attendees come to expect sustainable event practices, getting ahead of the curve can give you a significant competitive advantage.

So why not start planning now for your next event to be a model of waste reduction and recycling? Our team at Smart Eventi would be happy to work with you every step of the way!

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Informazioni sull'autore

Lucia Conti

Co-publisher at "Il Mitte".
Co-founder at "Fiore & Conti" communication agency.
Freelance journalist and events moderator.
She lives in Berlin but travels all over the world.

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