Waste management

You are responsible for coordinating waste management resources for your event. For most events and activities, it is likely you will need additional bins.

As a general rule of thumb, apply 1 litre of waste per person, per meal. So, if you had 2,000 people attending your event, over two meal times, the equation would be…

2,000 x 2 = 4,000

4,000 divided by 240 litre (standard bin size) = 8.3

So for this event, a minimum of 9 waste bins would be needed.

Eurobodalla Shire Council requires all events to complete a waste management plan. Your waste management plan must be reviewed and approved by Council prior to event approval. Your waste management plan must comply with the requirements of Council’s Waste Minimisation Policy, the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (littering) Act 2000 and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001. Aspects to consider are:

  • Waste receptacles such as bins and skips—type, quantity and placement
  • Emptying of bins—frequency, operational issues
  • Managing waste not in receptacles
  • Managing waste during and after your event
  • Types of packaging used in order to minimise waste
  • Recycling

Event organisers, will need to include the location of waste bins on the site plan. If your event is held near water, your risk management plan should consider how you will ensure litter does not enter our waterways. Actions to mitigate this risk can include strategically placed bins or appointing a designated waste person.

Bin banks

Council has a number of bin banks in key locations to assist event organisers with waste management. These bin banks contain five (5) 240 litre bins and are available for hire at a small cost.

You may move these bins and place them in the most appropriate areas of your event. Once the event is finished, the bins must be returned to the bin bank and the bin bank locked, ready for collection.

Contact Council's events team or our booking office:

Event organisers are responsible for waste

Eurobodalla Shire Council is not responsible for the removal of waste from your event. If Council is required to undertake any removal of waste, you may incur a charge to ensure the area is returned to its original condition.

It is strongly recommended all events minimise packaging and single-use disposable items (plastic plates and cutlery, polystyrene cups, straws, coffee stirrers) by requiring all food stallholders avoid these items where possible, or only utilise packaging made from recycled products that can also be recycled.