Two roles you will play as the event organiser
Determine which plastic is unavoidable for vendors
In our guidelines, we encourage vendors to communicate directly with the event organiser if they feel that soft plastic is unavoidable.
We have included this so that you have the opportunity to discuss their individual situation. Many vendors will default to this option to simply avoid taking action, but in some situations, vendors options really are limited.
We have listed some common items below whereby vendor adherence could be waved:
- Goods are vacuum sealed
- A clear option is required for display. (Note: if they have a display but sell off-display stock, they may be able to have plastic option on display but a non-plastic option (e.g. paper bag or box) that the consumer purchases.
- They sell an item that comes pre-packed in plastic and they are simply on-selling the goods.
Provide flyers for vendors to use to inform the public about how to recycle their soft plastic
Soft plastic CAN be recycled, but NOT through the recycling bins you may have at your event/market. In fact, any soft plastic entering your recycling or compost bins will contaminate it and may result in the entire load going to landfill. This is one of the many reasons why you should aim to minimise it at your event.
However, it is more likely that any soft plastic being offered to your patrons will go home with them rather than end up in your waste stream. But this is not an out-of-site, out-of-mind situation - You do not want your event to have flow on effects as litter, contamination of kerbside recycling or plastic to sit in landfill for thousands of years.
If any of your vendors are using soft plastic, we advise you to ask or require them to put up signage or provide flyers that help the public to recycle this plastic.