Are you an organiser of festivals, markets or events that have food stalls? Unnecessary food waste generated at your event could be costing you, and the environment.
By adopting a simple food waste avoidance plan at your event, you can:
- Reduce your waste bills. By avoiding food waste, not only can your stallholders cut down on their food ingredients bills, but less waste at your event can mean less waste management bills if you pay per load or volume.
- Enhance your reputation. Be a sustainability steward. Demonstrate to your supporters and visitors that your event is a green event by focusing on the avoidance of waste, rather than just good management of it.
- Reduce your event’s environmental impacts. Avoiding food waste not only reduces waste headed for landfills, it also reduces the consumption of energy, water, chemicals and the generation of greenhouse gases associated with the food being produced in the first place.
Managing food waste is about more than just composting organic waste leftovers from your event. It is about identifying places to avoid the generation of food waste in the first place, such as excess portion sizes or spoilage. While some events and their stallholders are already minimising their waste, many organisers and stallholders aren’t aware of these opportunities to avoid food waste and save money. As an event organiser, you can help stallholders and consumers avoid the generation of food waste using this guide, as well as manage it through an organics waste stream.
Avoiding food waste at your event
Making a food waste avoidance plan for your event is simple. Below are 4 easy stages, plus we’ve put together a detailed week-by-week plan. Copy and paste these simple email templates to engage your stallholders in the initiative at the beginning, during and after the event.