Zero events waste roadmap launched

Today sees the launch of ‘Zero waste events: a 2020 vision’, a new event industry roadmap initiative with the goal of no waste being sent to landfill from UK events by the end of the decade.
 
The Events Industry Roadmap has been developed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in conjunction with the events industry as part of work on the European Pathway to Zero Waste project (EPOW). The roadmap draws on lessons learned from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, creating a series of steps that events and the industry can take to achieve sustainable events.
 
The roadmap is the first stage in a new campaign to raise awareness of the positive impact which effective management of waste has on the delivery of events, both economically and environmentally.
 
Specifically it sets out a clear vision for how the industry can achieve zero waste to landfill from the events sector by 2020; challenges the industry to consider how it can work more in partnership across the whole supply chain, working to reduce waste and highlights the steps that need to be considered when preparing for and delivering a zero waste event.
 
Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP, says: “The London 2012 Olympics showed just what could be achieved by a clear commitment, by trying to prevent waste and manage it sustainably. Making waste prevention part of an event’s plan can deliver significant savings for businesses large and small.
 
“It will benefit all, from local community activities right up to large scale UK events like the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. The events industry roadmap was developed to support business growth by managing resources efficiently. It’s a simple vision, but it’s only by the industry individually and collectively taking on the challenge, that this vision can be realised, creating the opportunities for real economic benefits.”
 
Lord de Mauley, Resource Management Minister, said of the new sector initiative: “The UK has a rich and diverse heritage of music festivals, sporting events and cultural activities running throughout the year. These bring considerable economic benefits to our towns and cities through domestic spending and by attracting tourists to our shores.
 
“An industry worth £36bn can make significant savings by tackling waste and reducing the impact waste overheads have on the bottom line. The industry can use this roadmap to improve their business returns through simple, collective effort.”
 
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