You must take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise environmental impacts at your event. These include:
- preventing the release of any material that may cause environmental harm to the land, water or 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 into the air such as dust, fumes and smoke.
- potential noise impacts on neighbours
As the event organiser, you are 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 (in addition to any 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
Minimise waste at your event by:
- providing bins that are clearly signed and strategically placed, making it easy for people to do the right thing and sort into recycling streams.
- organising a bin servicing and litter collection regime that encourages everyone to keep the site clean
- working with stallholders and food vendors to use recyclable and biodegradable packaging wherever possible.
Single-use plastic items ban:
The Queensland government introduced new legislation that came into effect on 1 September 2021 banning the use of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates, bowls, cutlery and expanded polystyrene takeaway food containers. For more information view the single-use plastic items ban factsheet or visit the Queensland Government website.
You can also reduce waste at your event by encouraging people to use reusable water bottles rather than single-use plastic water bottles and providing Water Refill Stations that connect to a tap. Contact IndigiScapes on (07) 3829 8999 for free hire of a water refill station
When planning your event you must consider potential noise impacts on neighbours, especially if your event includes amplified music, PA systems, fireworks, loud machinery etc. You must take all reasonable and practical measures to minimise noise nuisance from bump in (event set up) to bump out (event pack up).
If your event involves live performances give consideration to the placement of your stage area to assist with this (including directing speakers away from residents and businesses). We recommend you engage a professional to use sound level monitoring equipment throughout the event to monitor noise levels.
Any noise generated by the event must comply with the Environmental Protection Act 1994. Penalties may apply if noise levels are exceeded. Please note that if the event holds a liquor permit alternate noise criteria will apply.