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Minimise waste at your event or venue

Events and venues waste management guidelines

Zero Waste SA has developed a new and expanded guide for event organisers which provides practical advice and tools for managing waste and recycling at events and event venues. The guide adopts best practice waste management principles based on interstate standards and Zero Waste SA's experience with the local community, and lessons learned from organisations hosting iconic events in South Australia.

Whether you’re an organiser of a school fete, a major sporting event or music festival, this guide will help you reduce waste and increase recycling at your event.

As well as the guide, Zero Waste SA has produced a range of recycling bin signs you can download and customise to encourage correct recycling practice at your venue, event or office. 

The 5 steps to waste management success are:

1. Developing a waste management plan
2. Gaining commitment
3. Providing infrastructure
4. Education and marketing
5. Reporting and evaluation

These steps can be followed by everyone involved in organising an event and will help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Download the 5 steps (PDF, 99Kb)

Download the waste minimisation guide for events and venues. (PDF, 2.8Mb)

Below are links to templates referred to in the guide that can be customised to help you plan your event. You can also download all the attachments and the guide in one zip file. (ZIP, 8Mb)


5 steps to waste management success
Waste minimisation guide for events and venues
Waste management plan template 1
Waste management plan template 2
SWOT analysis template
Waste assessment template
Goals and options for improvement template
Example staff training poster 1
Example staff training poster 2
Monitoring checklist
Waste and recycling reporting template
Self evaluation template part A
Self evaluation template part B+C
Download ZIP file of all documents and the guide