Event Waste Minimisation and Management

Council wants to support event organisers, stall holders, and food and drink vendors in our region to reduce the amount of waste created at events.

In late 2020 we adopted a new bylaw to help manage and minimise solid waste which would normally go to landfill.

The bylaw came into effect on 25 January 2021, but some sections of the bylaw are delayed in order to give people time to get up to speed.  

S13 Events - will be a requirement from one year after the bylaw comes into effect (25 January 2022).

  • Any event with over 1,000 people attending it must submit a ‘waste minimisation plan’. 

  • The waste plan needs to detail what volume and types of waste are expected, and the steps to minimise waste going to landfill.  

  • Plans must be submitted to Council 30 days before the event.  This will allow us time for us to assess the plan, and if necessary, help us work with the event organisers. 

  • Event managers will also need to provide a post-event report on the amount and types of waste collected. 

The following two documents have been made with you in mind to help you organise a great event whilst reducing your impact on the environment.

How to Reduce Waste at Your Event(PDF, 4MB) (for event organisers of any size) 

Event Packaging Guidelines(PDF, 4MB) (for stall holders, food and drink vendors)

Upper Hutt City Council also offer bin lids (as pictured below) to event organisers for hire.

Please get in touch with our Waste Minimisation Officer.

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