Ladies and gentlemen, a plate please
What would it take for you to use your own mug at festivals and gatherings – a carrot or a stick?
As the Palmerston North City Council considers waste management at community events, should it be looking at charging event organisers to deal with all the waste that is generated by food and coffee stalls? Or should we as a community be looking at new ways to deal with our waste, instead of paying more for disposal?
Human nature seems to dictate the use of force (higher charges and the like) for us to make change. What if we were incentivised to make change for ourselves, getting a discount for bringing our own plate and mug to events?
Most families have some kind of picnic-ware that could easily accompany them to events. Imagine the money a family would save on purchasing food and drink at events by bringing their own plates – getting 50 cents off every dish they buy. Would this be enough to spur change?
Dealing with waste is always going to incur a council cost, which of course is then passed on to us as residents and ratepayers.
At a four-day festival earlier this year, the absence of discarded water bottles was noticeable. Normally these litter every space. We then realised there was no bottled water for sale on site. Everyone had their own drinking bottle, and refill points (hoses) were plentiful. If bottled water is not available, people will become more resilient. There are water fountains in most public event spaces in Manawatu, so the sale of plastic bottled water at events should be the first thing to go.
So should the council’s draft Waste Management and Minimisation bylaw include rules about waste management and minimisation at events? Council wants to hear from you.
Even rubbish bins can be beautiful. These colourful re-useable drums were part of the infrastructure for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, servicing 200,000 concert-goers.