Brookby School Ag Day

How we did:

1 Reduce incoming waste

We wrote a letter to our stall holders advising them that we were running a waste free event and asked them to consider how they could reduce, reuse and repurpose waste from the outset and asked them to use compostable packaging and advised them on how to source it. Our main coffee supplier uses compostable packaging for their coffees, smoothies, straws and serviettes. We ordered compostable food packaging for our café and slushy stall and funded this through the generous support of Waste Disposal Services. We increased our waste stations from 2 to 3 this year to help capture our waste more effectively. We attached examples of the compostable packaging to the composting bins to help attendees place waste in the right place.

2 Choose the right bin

We had three waste stations comprising of composting, recycling and landfill. We had examples of our compostable packaging with our compost bins to help people know what to place in there. We used labelled bin covers and flags from Zero Waste Events to help with visibility. Our bins from Super Trash were labelled and had diagrams which clearly showed what waste went where. On the day we colour coded the bags of waste with coloured tape, green for recycling, yellow for composting and red for landfill.

3 Let people know

Prior to the event on Facebook we announced the event was to be waste free and that we would have waste stations and monitors on the day. MC announcements were used during the event and we had plenty of signage around letting people know we were waste free. Bin stations were actively monitored by staff and/or volunteers. We engaged students from a local high school, Saint Kentigerns, as waste station monitors to buddy with our younger students.

4 Capture feedback

At the 2019 Brookby Ag day, 80% of waste was composted or recycled.

Brookby School Ag Day, 80% Zero Waste

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