Environmental: Waste

What are the basic measures?

The basic waste measures focus on the presence of waste plans and systems. This is a first step towards the development of more complex measures. These are important. The presence of plans and systems reveals that event managers are beginning the process of engaging with the environmental impact agenda, and actively considering how their events might create different types of waste streams and recycling opportunities. Furthermore, public and private sector sponsors may seek assurance in the presence of these waste plans and systems.

Basic measures would include:

  • A Waste Management Plan that considers how event waste arising will be managed. Below are several resources that can assist event organisers when developing a waste management plan for their event.

Waste Resources 

  • Waste and Resource Action Plan

WRAP’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) tool, is a free online tool developed in partnership with LOCOG (the London Organising Committee  of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) for event organisers, venues and suppliers to help reduce waste created from an event. The resource also provides case evidence of organisers and businesses that have used the tool, including a London 2012 Legacy Transfer Report in Event Waste Management.


  • Resource Efficient Scotland

Resource Efficient Scotland is a Scottish Government Programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, which helps organisations in the private sector, third and public sectors to reduce costs by reducing energy, water, and raw materials use and manage waste efficiently.


  • Cal Recycle

Although developed for a US State, material relating to planning waste reduction at events and venues, case material, and issues to consider in planning can be found on the website:


This resource is possibly more relevant for larger events which have to develop detailed plans and strategies for recycling and waste management around venues.

  • ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System