Zero Waste Community Event Toolkit

During The Event

Reporting & Publicity

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After all the work you put into planning and implementing your zero waste event, you’ll want a record of what you did for next time. Having a report of the event will help with planning your next event and make implementation that much easier. The report should focus on the positive outcomes of the event, as well as areas for improvement. The lessons learned from your event may be useful to other event organizers who want to follow in your footsteps. Your event’s sponsors, site owners and local waste management authorities may also appreciate hearing about your zero waste achievements and where they may be of improved service on the paper. A report will be a handy way to communicate this information. The zero waste event report template provided in this toolkit will guide you in developing your own event report. While the structure of the report may vary depending on its target audience, the table of contents may include:
  • Executive Summary – a brief overview of the report, including a summary of key waste reduction successes.
  • Introduction – What your event was about and who was involved
  • Our Zero Waste Approach – What actions were taken before the event (such as planning, communications, etc)  and during (actions of volunteers, how logistics were rolled out, etc).
  • Our Zero Waste Achievements – Results of the zero waste activities and how they were measured.
  • Next Steps – Suggestions for how the event can be improved.

Action Checklist

  • Prepare a summary report of your event. Begin as soon as possible after the event so everything is fresh in your mind.
  • Report the outcomes of your zero waste efforts on the event website.
  • Send a press release to various media reporting on the zero waste achievements of your event.
  • Have a follow-up meeting with the “green team” and conduct a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). Schedule when you should hold your first meeting to begin planning for your next event
  • Apply your “lessons learned” to the other events your organization hosts or encourage other organizations to try the zero waste approach.
  • In your report, describe the activities and experiences that took place before, during and after your event. Include a tentative plan for planning your next event.


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