Events industry gets tool to tackle waste

The events industry is being encouraged to reduce its waste more effectively with a free online planning tool to assist event organisers in drawing up appropriate action plans.

The event resource management plan tool has been developed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in conjunction with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

It is designed to help event organisers, venues and suppliers in their pre-event procurement and waste reduction activities, in-event waste recycling and post event materials reuse and recycling.

Organisations seeking BS 8901 certification can also use the tool to demonstrate compliance with elements of the standard.

The tool has been subject to a number of trials by key industry partners, including LOCOG, Manchester United Football Club and Coca Cola GB.

WRAP’s head of products & materials, Mervyn Jones, said: “The tool will help event organisers to forecast and work on a plan to reduce their environmental impact when putting an event together.”

LOCOG’s head of sustainability, David Stubbs, added: “Factoring in aspects of sustainability such as waste management is a real challenge for event organisers, particularly where there is a large supply chain involved.

“We look forward to rolling it out further to our own supply chain as we head towards the games in 2012.”

Maxine Perella

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