Organising a festival – Don’t let waste steal the show!

Rebecca Best
June 13, 2023

Temperatures soared over the weekend, which can only mean one thing – summer is finally here! Bring on the warmer mornings, balmy evenings, and, more importantly, the return of outdoor events.

Organising a festival is usually a process that takes many months, involving a list of necessary bookings: location, entertainment, refreshments, and marketing the event to the public. More importantly, festivals generate a significant amount of waste! Waste management and site services are crucial aspects of any outdoor event and need to be considered during the planning process. Working together with a reputable business that can manage both areas from the early stages of planning will ensure a streamlined event.

Additionally, it’s important to create forward-thinking sustainable practices to keep the festival a clean and safe environment. In this blog, we will explore the types of services required and provide advice on implementing sustainable solutions.

Waste Collection and Disposal: First and foremost, planning a waste disposal method is key. Large wheelie bins are recommended for any outdoor event, and you’ll need plenty of them! Site Solutions recommends and can offer 1100-liter wheelie bins and arrange for their collection at an appropriate time after the event.

Waste Sorting and Education: Arranging enough wheelie bins is one thing, but encouraging people to use them is another! Waste sorting stations are a good idea for larger events, complete with clear signage and staff members to manage them. Having these stations will ensure that waste is correctly separated.

Site Cleaning and Sanitation: Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene throughout the festival site is essential for a positive attendee experience. For busy events, it might be worth considering bin exchanges throughout the day to keep the site clean.

Portable toilets are also important facilities that need to be arranged for any outdoor event. For shorter events (up to 4 hours), it is recommended to have approximately 1 portable toilet for every 50 people. For longer events (over 4 hours), it is recommended to have 1 portable toilet for every 35 people.

Temporary Fencing and Barrier Solutions: Festival sites often require the strategic placement of temporary fencing and barriers to control crowd flow, designate specific areas, and ensure the safety and security of attendees. Having temporary fencing and barriers in place will ensure that the event is organized, effectively manages crowd movement, maintains order, and mitigates potential safety risks.

Site Solutions is a one-stop-shop solution for all outdoor event requirements this summer. In addition to our solutions, our team is also equipped to provide sustainable advice on the best practices to implement.

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