Waste-Ed

Through observations and research our project team gathered information on one-use plastics. We then discussed, mapped and reflected upon the causal reasons for waste identifying food as a key factor. 2016 Leaders for Sustainability Program - GWS

"Our aim is to increase the awareness, consciousness and understanding of the impact one-use plastics has on our environment"

Project team

Eric Brocken, Lynne Millsom, Danielle Northey, Julz Strykowski, Alina Tamrakar

 

Waste-Ed is a pilot program whose aim is to:

• Increase the awareness, consciousness and understanding of the impact one-use plastics has on our environment and;

• Encourage stallholders and patrons to make the change toward alternatives for and during festivals, community hubs or events.

Through observations and research our project team gathered information on one-use plastics. We then discussed, mapped and reflected upon the causal reasons for waste identifying food as a key factor. With the enormity of the project and a limited time frame we narrowed our focus, to one local event so as to achieve greater success.

“Aussie NightMarkets” (ANM), Blacktown, opening night observations:

  • Inadequate provision of bin receptacles resulting in large overflows of rubbish
  • no waste sorting options for patrons
  • crowd numbers far exceeded market organiser’s expectations
  • public feedback re rubbish issues raised via social media

Follow-up field observations:

  - ANM demonstrated openness to suggestions with initial concerns addressed

  - positive for the Waste-Ed team as subsequent field observations noted resulting in a large project pivot

  - revised project approach and outputs

Field observations and evaluations conducted: stallholders’ provision of one-use plastic items, trends, bin waste, list of alternatives already in use, website application guidelines for stallholders, BCC’s event management policies Utilising our team skills, knowledge and networks we contacted ANM and Blacktown City Council's (BCC) events staff with positive responses received.

Final Outcome: By incorporating valuable feedback from our facilitators, Office of Environment & Heritage advisors and BCC our project team intends to deliver the following:

* Gather and analyse different Sustainable Events Management policies, guidelines and implementation plans; provide a summary document detailing best practice case studies in minimising plastic waste in event or festival settings

* Provision of a user friendly database of food and beverage alternatives, with a proposal to the Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre committee, for the inclusion of a data-base on their website

* Large scale “rethinking” ideas for events: waste-stations, green waste collection, tap water vendors, plate-wash station, sale of alternatives on site, waste calculators, visual information and event-waste-trail narrative * Create a QR Code linking to website so councils can add to their event guidelines to advise stallholders of any future Western Sydney event of alternatives and where to find them

Phone: Julz: 0409 287 969
Email: info@earthcare.org.au

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