Minimising Waste at Events

Bamford with Thornhill CIO Minimising Waste at Events

Last Updated: May 2020

Guidance on holding green events on Bamford Recreation Ground

We ask event organisers to consider actions they can take to minimise the environmental impact of events help on the Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground.

This document consists of guidance that you can use on public facing material to encourage low-carbon travel to the event, as well as suggestions of steps that organisers can take to minimise waste and carbon during the events.

Getting to Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground

Together we can make a difference, think about your travel impact when coming to and leaving the Recreation Ground.

We recommend people attending events on the Recreation Ground come on foot or by bike, bus or train.

The Recreation Ground is 100m from the rail station and bus turnaround in the direction of Bamford village. Turn left onto Water Lane just after the body shop garage on the LHS.

By Train:

Bamford Railway Station is on the train line between Sheffield and Manchester.

Information about the station, including timetables and The train timetable can be downloaded and live departure information is available here:

By Bus:

Bus numbers 271 and 272 stop at Bamford regularly, between Sheffield and Castleton. A timetable for these routes is available to download from here:

By Road:

Coming from the north of the village (A57 at Ladybower), the Recreation Ground is on the RHS at the bottom the village. Turn right by the signs for Riverside Garage and Networks.

Coming from the south of the village (Hathersage, Castleton), the Recreation Ground is approx. 100m after going over the railway bridge. Turn left onto Water Lane just after the body shop garage on the LHS.

Advice to event organisers


Promote options to walk, bike or come by public transport.

Consider timing of events w.r.t. public transport.

Car sharing is a simple way to reduce the number of cars arriving on site.

Partner with platforms like BlaBlaCar, GoCarShare and Liftshare and they’ll help you with marketing materials.

Consider charging a parking fee, with a lower fee if there are 4 people in the car or a discount for people who have walked, cycled or come by public transport.


Digital ticketing eliminates the need to waste resources.

Don’t use laminated card or paper – it’s plastic. Choose Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) uncoated or starch-based coated papers and cards, unprinted or printed using water-based ink is preferable

Don't produce merchandise that will be treated as a non-recyclable, throwaway item.


Try to serve locally sourced, seasonal produce.

Provide vegan and vegetarian options and cut down on meat options.

Single-use plastic

The main culprits for plastic waste at events are drinks bottles and cups, straws, cutlery, and serving ware.


    • A ban on the sale of bottled water.
    • Use reusable or compostable alternatives.
    • Asking people to bring their own and consider a discount for those who do.
    • Deposits for cups/mugs and refund on return.
    • Sell branded reusable bottles/cups, which people can keep as a souvenir.
    • Consider encouraging sit-down cafes or restaurants onsite use real crockery and eating utensils
    • Have bottles of sauce rather than single-use sauce sachets.

(Providing safe, free drinking water is essential if you plan to ban the sale of bottled water.

#RefillRevolution #BYOBottle

Traders and stalls

Consider the environmental impact of traders/stalls and seek to discourage those who use a lot of plastic.

Work with traders/stall holders on how they can minimise their waste, e.g. by reducing single-use plastic, as above, and providing their own waste recycling facilities.


Provide waste bins that enable sorting of rubbish.

Volunteers to help with waste collection and recycling sorting are key.

Use brightly coloured bins to increase recycling. Signage should be clear and bold and state exactly what needs to go in each bin. Avoid long lists of dos and don’ts which will confuse people.

Restricting the aperture is also a good plan, it gets people to think twice before they throw something in.

    • Compost – for food waste, compostable plates, cutlery and napkins. Make sure no plastic goes into the compost bin.
    • Recycling – for plastic bottles, aluminium cans, newspapers, magazines and clean and dry cardboard and glass.
    • General Waste - for anything non-compostable or non-recyclable.
    • Crisp packets – consider a separate bin for crisp packets so that they can be recycled.


If lighting is required use LED lights.

If generators are required, consider hybrid generators or generators running on used cooking oil biodiesel.