The actions, tips and tools presented in this toolkit were developed based, in part, on an extensive review of best practices from events around the world. This toolkit has been organized to target waste at the three key stages of your event process – planning the event, during the event, and post-event. The toolkit provides information and tips on topics such as planning, volunteers, contracting, working with vendors and event suppliers. Examples of environmental policies and templates for recording information about your event are also provided to help you with your planning. The developers of this toolkit recognized that community events can differ greatly, in terms of size, resources, type and location. It attempts to provide practical information and tools which can be applied, in part or whole, to all situations. You can work through the whole kit, or you can focus on the issues that matter most to you.
The toolkit is presented as a series of “modules” within each of the three event stages. Within each module (where applicable), you will find a “tool” to help you implement the action checklist items presented in the module. As well, you are invited to read helpful snapshots from other events in the “Windows into Zero Waste” sections, which highlight some of the best practices from the events reviewed.
As technical and policy advances are made and as lessons are learned from implementation of this toolkit, it will be refined and updated as needed.