Challenges

Make the Events Circular

Keep it simple - the City should organize only Circular Events and Conferences by applying Circular principles and using only local businesses services... the City should "impose" somehow new prerequisites, to be able to organize an event in Glasgow. These prerequisites should be decided by the city hall and citizens... the Costs should be balanced by the return on investment that will be local... 

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Rebecca Ricketts - Challenge Initiator
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  • Hi Valarie. You've hit the nail on the head, keeping it simple will be key! Are you aware of any other cities or regions who have successfully run events in this way? It would be great to share learnings across both cities! From your perspective, how best do you think we could get buy in from the city hall and citizens - and even the venues themselves? What might the starting point look like?

    Valerie Haas
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  • Hello Rebecca,
    Well it is always easy to say "we should do this and we should do that...".
    I have to admit that i don't have a clear answer to your questions.
    I know for sure that there are cities such as Amsterdam and Vancouver aiming to become Circular Cities.... but in detail, i do not know how they work on it.

    The first question i would ask myself : who owns the event ?
    If city the owns it, then it will be obviously easier to put in place since they can decide quite everything.
    If the owner isn't a public institution, then maybe, the first thing to check is the profitability the event and use the profitability as key negotiation point to allow the event, but under new circumstances, new objectives, new habits.

    Also, i don't believe that the events have to be perfectly circular. The content of the event belongs to the owner, but the logistic around should be highly recommended to be circular (structure, security, recycling, cleaning, sound system, transportation services.... ).

    All the things/services that generate waste should be thought through.

    Ideally it would be interesting to introduce clever ideas to avoid waste during the events, instead of putting in place a heavy recycling system... In Circular Economy, Recycling is the last option...
    Example : if you have Food trucks coming to your event to serve the food. well, it is obvious to forbid disposable plastic plates, cutlery... and maybe have a service of reusable plates... provided by a local... In festivals they serve drinks in hard plastic glasses that we need to buy and return , if we want to be refunded... that should be a rule... no waste is the main rule.

    the City would be thrilled to have less garbage to manage and therefore, the citizens will have less taxes to pay on garbage mgmt... and this is a great first step and great savings : Money, Space, Contamination, ... only good outcomes :)

    I am just a student in circular economy. hoping this will help :)
    Valérie

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    Keely Malady
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  • I would be worried that this approach is too top down and would discourage innovation from events organisers and only incentivise minimum compliance with regulations. Minimum compliance would be a great start, but development of more circular events systems will need initiatives from both the top down and bottom up - how do you imagine community organisations and events suppliers would contribute to the process of establishing prerequisites?