Last edited April 13, 2018
What is it and who is it for?
Setting up a deposit-based reuse system at the entire event-level in order to swap out all single-use plastic bottles, containers, and cutlery for reusable alternatives and cut down on the amount of plastic waste generated at events.
This would be for both event organisers to design into their event and for one or more event suppliers to collaborate on setting up such a system.
How would it work?
- (Branded?) reusable containers are supplied to the event organisers
- Guests receive reusable water bottles at the entrance for a deposit fee that is factored into the ticket price.
- The deposit fees for all other reusable containers and cutlery are factored into the price of individual purchases
- Guests get their deposit back once dirty containers are returned, or they can choose to keep the containers or donate them
- All dirty containers go through a centralised washing station
- Containers are returned to the supplier for other event organisers to use
Numbers or names are put on all recyclables to encourage attendees to enter a draw to win a prize when recycling
Free cup with admission to the event with discounts on drinks served in the cup
Reusable packaging options that already exist to support or inspire this solution:
- IKEA's Recycle and Reward scheme
- Existing solutions that allow the water bottles to be used in large event situations include: https://www.meetpat.com.au/
- Globelet: http://www.globelet.com/
- Disneyworld Florida Water Parks'
- Columbia Halle's deposit scheme in Berlin
The deposit fees
Are the penalty/deposit fees best paid by the event attendees or the event organisers?
- Would event organisers rather minimise cash transactions on the attendee?
+ Materials: The containers need to be made out of materials that are suitable for food and drink, sturdy enough to be reusable, and unlikely to cause an injury if thrown into the crowd (a common occurrence at music venues...). Current suggestions:
- Potentially poisonous when mixed with some types of liquids or foods
- Beneficial properties (e.g. killing bacteria)
- Bio-degradable plastic?
- Can contaminate plastic recycling streams when mixed
- Do not compost in normal conditions
- Alternative edible materials?
- Carob sugar?
+ How can we ensure minimal damages to the containers?
Ownership & maintenance
- who should own and be responsible for these containers? The venue space? The suppliers? The attendees?
- How can we ensure containers find their way back to the reuse system?
Attendees could receive numbered recyclables that correspond with their ticket so they have recycled and their number gets called they can claim their prize.
- How else can we create value through this system?
Provide a reusable water holder that operates public water fountains located throughout the city. The water holder can be very a simple low-tech jigsaw key rather than something that is battery operated.
- What evidence is there to support the adoption of the solution?
Based on ideas by John Crawford, Abeer Pervaiz, Beth Massa, Jacqueline Bruce, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Erica Betz, Daniel MacIntyre, Alexandr Valee, Garry Bernstein; comments by Sarah Hargreaves, Benjamin Stewart, Marcius Benziger, Aimee Van Vliet, and Keely Malady, Graeme Brown and Globelet.