When you host your event in the Redlands, you need to be aware of your environmental impact and take appropriate measures to reduce this impact. This includes issues such as noise, waste, pollution and animals.
In conducting your event, you must strive to minimise environmental impacts. This includes:
- waterways via the stormwater system
- ensuring that liquid spills are cleaned up immediately, using sawdust and other absorbent materials, and bagged and disposed of accordingly
- preventing the release of materials such as dust, fumes and smoke into the air.
You must minimise noise nuisance at your event. Consider where to place your stage area to assist with this (including directing speakers away from residents and businesses).
We recommend you use sound-level monitoring equipment throughout the event. Any amplified sound must comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1994. Penalties may apply if noise levels are exceeded.
Note: If the event holds a liquor permit, alternate noise criteria apply.
As the event organiser, you’re responsible for supplying additional bins for rubbish generated at the event site and surrounding areas. We recommend the following minimum bin numbers for attendee use (not including existing bin infrastructure):
- 1 x 240L bin per 100 attendees – if no food or drinks served or sold
- 2 x 240L bins per 100 attendees – if food or drinks served or sold
- 2 x 240L recycle bin per 100 attendees
- 1 x 3m front load skip bin for more than 1000 attendees
You can also reduce waste at your event by encouraging people to carry a reusable water bottle rather than single-use plastic water bottles.
Hosting a sustainable event
A sustainable event takes measures to minimise its environmental impact by adopting best management practice in recycling and waste, purchasing and packaging options and clean-up regime.
You can achieve this by:
- providing bins that are clearly signed and strategically placed to make it easy for people to do the right thing
- providing a bin servicing and litter collection regime that encourages everyone to keep the site clean
- allocating designated smoking-only areas with ‘butt out’ facilities and infrastructure to assist smokers to ‘butt it, then bin it’
- working with stallholders and food vendors to provide recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
If your event includes domestic animals, Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) requires that all animals be under effective control or contained within an appropriate enclosure at all times.
Also, as you are in charge of the animals, please ensure you clean up after them. It’s vital to protect the community from injury and damage, and ensure the animals don’t create a nuisance.
For more information, contact Council’s Animal Management Team on (07) 3829 8999.