The Alpine Shire is home to a significant number of diverse events all year round.
Each event contributes to the vibrancy of our townships and public places and provides something for everyone to enjoy.
Council recognises these events generate waste – waste that could be avoided, reduced, reused, recycled correctly or composted. As part of the commitment to decreasing the impact of this waste on the local community and environment, a Waste Wise Guide for Events has been produced. The Guide outlines waste management requirements for events receiving Council support and for those being held on Council owned or managed land and facilities.
The Waste Management requirements include:
- Completing a waste plan as part of the event permit application
- Avoiding single use plastic and products
- Recycling right
- Maintaining a litter free event
The Guide is a first step in a process to realise a goal of ‘zero waste’ to landfill from events. Council will work alongside event organisers, community groups and other stakeholders to build capacity and provide resources and infrastructure to minimise waste generated at events and increase the use and recovery of sustainable materials.
View the Guide to learn more about the waste management requirements for events in the Alpine Shire and to find out about tips and strategies for holding a waste wise event.
Email Council's events team for more information
Upper Ovens Sustainability Group: The group have developed a toolkit to help organisers plan and consider waste reduction and waste avoidance. Linked to the toolkit is a resource library of reusable items (i.e. mugs, cutlery, plates, cups) available for loan by other event organisers to help avoid the use of single use items. Visit sustainableupperovens.org.au or contact email@example.com.
Myrtleford and District Landcare and Sustainability Group: The group has a water refill station available for hire. For more information contact Steve (at the Myrtleford Cycle Centre) on (03) 5721 1511, Clare on 0439 488 378 or Glenda on 0477 650 403.
If you are a local Alpine Shire community group and provide resources to assist event organisers to plan and deliver events that avoid and reduce waste please contact our events team.
Some useful links
- Guidance for why and how to avoid some of the most common single-use items
- Know your plastics
- Managing plastics
More resources coming soon, including understanding the different labels – compostable, biodegradable, recyclables; and more information about alternatives to single use plastics and products.