This action is about controlling the supply chain of back-of-house plastic packaging used or supplied on site, with the aim to a) minimise its use, b) manage it so it does not contaminate the composting/recycling stream, and c) have it collected and recycled through a soft plastics recycling service.
If you have not yet sourced suppliers for your back-of-house needs, we encourage you to investigate suppliers who provide better options to plastic, such as returnable/reusable packaging or compostable items that can be placed in your composting stream (make sure these options are compostable, not just biodegradable).
If you already have suppliers in mind, it would be ideal to talk to them about not providing single-use plastic packaging and instead supply better options - here is a template supplier letter you can edit and use. Even if you think they won't do it, it is worth asking, if only to bring their attention to this problem and to encourage them to think about it.
If this is not possible, plastic packaging supplied with any back-of-house, including (but not limited to) staging, sound/video/lighting equipment, on-site facilities (ie. toilets) or crowd controls (ie. fencing) should be returned to the supplier and suppliers encouraged to review and avoid excessive use of plastic packaging. This is another good way to bring attention to this matter.
Secondly, steps should be taken to ensure that soft plastic packaging is managed so it does not end up in the general recycling bin. Soft plastics can NOT go in general recycling and can contaminate the whole load possibly resulting in the recycling going to landfill. The best solution is the following:
1 arrange for your soft plastics to be recycled through a soft plastic recycling service
The best solution is to have a dedicated collection point for these plastics (e.g. a skip bin) and prearrange to have these soft plastics recycled through a soft plastic recycling service. Cleanaway offer a service for this and it is generally cheaper than your soft plastic going to landfill.
If your event is small, you can arrange a wheelie bin or other appropriate bin to store the plastic and instead take the collection to your local REDycle collection point (available at most Coles & Woolies - put your collection in the dedicated receptacle available at the front of the store).
2 create a dedicated collection point
This can be a skip bin or what ever is directed for you by what you set up in step 1. The recycling service will likely drop off and collect the bin for you as part of the service, or you can arrange your own bin. If your event is large you may need several bins.
3 inform your staff and volunteers what to do
Let your staff know what plastics to separate out and where to put them. Make sure your bin/s is clearly labelled and in a designated easily accessible back-of-house area. See signage below that you can download and print for this.