Challenges

Businesses operating at events and conferences must make a commitment to circularity

Any business that is involved in events, conferences must be responsible for the waste their presence creates. They must make a commitment to including circularity in their business model, collaborate and work together. They must also help communicate the circular story to attendees to help them make better choices. Cup deposit schemes, one cup per person, £5 deposit, bring it back at end of day/night, get £5 back. Have a quirky compost bin for people to put food and compostable food trays/waste

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Yasmina Lembachar
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  • Great ideas, Jacqueline! I see two main parts to your solution:

    1. Incentivising and enforcing businesses' commitment to circularity:
    a. Whose responsibility should this be (the event planner's? the city's? the venue's?)
    b. How could they go about it?

    2. Ensuring attendees collaborate with e.g. return and reuse efforts by communicating the choices they have to them:
    a. What would such a communication campaign look like?

    We encourage you to think through these points and edit your idea as you go so other people can also chip in :) It might also be worth submitting a separate idea to keep conversations on each of these points clearer!

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    Rebecca Ricketts - Challenge Initiator
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  • Hi Jacqueline. Thinking of 'quirky bins'... I thought you might like to check out this link - 10 Creative Ways to Reduce Littering and Vandalism. Some interesting ideas that illustrate the important role of design and the impact it can have on behaviour. https://www.oddee.com/item_99512.aspx

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    Georgina Chamberlain
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  • Support SMEs to build knowledge capacity on the Circular Economy to empower them to evaluate their own business and identify Circular opportunities. Perhaps a short free compulsory workshop culminating in the development and commitment of a simple circular action plan as a pre-requisite to getting on the event supplier list?

    We need to ensure the Circular Economy conversations do not become niche but a simple concept SMEs can easily engage with.

    Georgina Chamberlain
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  • http://netpositivefutures.co.uk/netpositive-supplier-engagement/ ...this looks at the wider sustainability picture but is a good example of a very simple online tool that walks a supplier through sustainability issues and helps them quickly build a sustainability plan with a few commitments at the end. Example actions are listed out for suppliers to choose from or declare their own. Examples are great for SMEs as they often find sustainability (and probably equally the Circular Economy) daunting due to feeling they have insufficient knowledge to engage and cut through the jargon. This is now a prerequisite at the University of Manchester for all their suppliers.

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    Blaney man
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  • The surveys that these guys are looking for are very common even on bestessays. This is how they are trying to get data from so large population and then even trying to learn it.