At GABS we endeavour to minimise the environmental impact of the event as much as possible. Events can generate a considerable amount of waste and we’d appreciate it if you could work with us to help improve the sustainability of GABS.
Here are a few points to consider when planning and running your stand. If you have any other tips or thoughts on how we can further reduce our footprint, please get in touch!
Taking a considered approach to plan your stand can minimise the amount of waste generated.
Stand Materials. Can you reduce the amount of materials needed to create your stand? How about reusing or repurposing materials that you already own, or using them for something else afterwards? Making a list of everything that you will need for your stand design can help you to consider if there’s anything that in non-essential, or something you can acquire second hand rather than ordering new single-use products. For example, for your menu signage, rather than printing corflute just for GABS, perhaps you could get a letter board that you’ll be able to use across other events.
Packaging. The less waste and packaging you bring onsite the better. Often products are packaged in unnecessary wrapping and we’d appreciate if you could minimise the amount of waste you bring with you. Using recyclable packaging such as cardboard where possible is also recommended.
Promotional Materials. Please avoid any promotional materials that will be thrown out after a glance. At GABS we have a policy which doesn’t allow stickers or coasters to be handed out at the event, in an effort to avoid rubbish.
In addition to reducing, reusing what you already have is really the best way to divert any unnecessary waste going to landfill.
Festival Glasses and Taster Cups. At GABS we provide each attendee with a recyclable Festival Glass to use throughout the festival and then have the option to take home to keep. This year, we’re also encouraging attendees to hold on to their taster cups and reuse them at our Container Bars. By reusing taster cups, they will receive a $1 saving per paddle. We’d appreciate it if you could also help by asking attendees if they already have taster cups before serving them. There are water stations throughout the festival for attendees to rinse their cups before using again.
We encourage all of our exhibitors, contractors and attendees to recycle whatever they can. This year we’re working with Clean Vibes to help manage our waste and improve the sustainability on GABS. Clean Vibes will bring a dedicated recycling crew plus a waste sheriff to make sure everything is collected and sorted accordingly.
At GABS we have the following waste streams:
Paper and cardboard. GABS Guides, cardboard boxes and paper can all be recycled.
Co-mingled. This includes aluminium cans, glass bottles and hard plastics such as plastic bottles. GABS Festival Glasses and Taster Cups are also recyclable.
General waste. All other waste must be disposed in the general waste bins, including: food and any packaging contaminated with food waste, napkins, paper coffee cups (that are lined with plastic), soft plastics such plastic wrap and bubble wrap.
We’d appreciate it if you could please sort and dispose of all rubbish accordingly and help our cleaning team to keep the venue nice and tidy. If you have any questions about how GABS manages waste, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ruta at firstname.lastname@example.org.