The objective of this plan is to reduce waste to landfill from Eventfinda Stadium (EFS) by more than 50% by June 30th 2021 and then increasing to 70% by June 30 2022. This plan will be delivered in two stages:
Stage 1 – Internal Waste Management and Reduction (staged from March 1st 2019)
Stage 2 – External Waste Management and Reduction by Clients (introduction July 1st 2020)
Stage 1 – Internal Waste Management and Reduction
Each year EFS sends over 300 m3 of rubbish to . This does not include waste introduced by hirers. If we include this waste the number increases to somewhere around 700-750 m3. This needs to decrease.
Reduction actions are as follows…
From March 1st EFS will no longer serve anything in packaging that is not commercially compostable from any of our concession or F&B outlets. This will be a hard edge and will not be negotiable however, we have sourced plant-based alternatives from reputable local suppliers Innocent Packaging.
These include where clients, or vendors request specific things from F&B, these things must adhere to the waste management outcomes. We simply will no longer serve anything in single use plastics or items not able to be composted. Recyclable or biodegradable are not defined terms and are therefore not suitable. Please see the “what is the difference” link here for information on why.
From March 1st we will introduce a simple bin sorting protocol based around three factors we will ask our guests to self-judge.
Did I buy it here?
Did I bring it with me?
Is it plastic?
Is it glass?
Bins will be marked according to these statements in order to help guests and clients judge what goes in which bins.
From July 1st Eventfinda Stadium will no longer provide bin services to others including our anchor users.
All events in Eventfinda Stadium will be hosted with a reduced number of bins locations that will present some or our labelled bins.
All waste will be handled by Green Gorilla, environmentally focused waste management company and taken to a waste processing facility. Bottles will be returned to a bottle bin and landfill bins into a reduced quantity of waste management bins.
Stage 1 – Education/Communication
All users regardless of their type will need to be updated on these new protocols and have enough time to inform their partners of the new requirements. Care should be taken to make sure everyone knows as far in advance as possible.
Distributed around the building will be a series of posters and on the video wall a video outlining the reasons for the change and supporting the separation in our bins. The objective is to passively educate our frequent visitors (players) on how the bin system works and what our aim is.
Stage 2 – External Waste Management and reduction by clients (introduction July 1st 2020)
We acknowledge that we cannot control all elements of what comes into our buildings by clients or users. Many events held at Eventfinda Stadium produce large amounts of mixed rubbish, in particular during the set up and pack down. Our aim in stage 2 is to reduce waste to landfill from Eventfinda Stadium by implementing a “bring it with you, take it with you” process in order to encourage our clients to reduce their output.
Key steps in Stage 2 are as follows…
From July 1st 2020, Eventfinda Stadium will no longer provide waste disposal services for any rubbish produced by clients or their exhibitors during the set up or pack down of their events. Clients can take their rubbish with or alternatively, book and hire a waste bin where they can dispose of their rubbish. Eventfinda Stadium recommends Green Gorilla.
During events, Eventfinda Stadium will still supply rubbish bins throughout the stadium for attendees to use throughout any event. This waste is then sorted and disposed of through our recycling and general waste streams. These will be our labelled bins only.
In line with our F&B regulations, all exhibitors of food or beverage within our stadium during an event must serve their products in our commercially composted packaging or provide written certification of their packaging prior to any event.
Ticketed events will be unable to bring food into the venue.
Stage 2 – Education/Communication
Education of repeat clients began in March of 2019 in order to have them prepared for the 2020 & 2021 event calendar.
All waste leaving Eventfinda Stadium will be sorted and tracked to ensure as much as possible is commercially composted by our partners at Green Gorilla and cross contamination is kept to a minimum.
The Leadership team of the Stadium will report to the board monthly on the volumes of waste generated by category.