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Cleanliness and the environment

When planning your event, consider whether there are sufficient waste collection facilities at the venue. Are there waste bins at the venue, and are they available for use at the event? Ask the lessor of the venue for permission to use them.

If it is necessary to arrange for waste collection at the event, make sure that there are bins around the venue where they are needed the most, such as near exits, along walkways and next to food stands. Stands that sell food or alcoholic beverages as well as other operations that produce significant amounts of waste require their own waste collection bins in addition to those reserved for guests. If the waste is sorted at the event, remember to notify the operators beforehand and mark the bins clearly.

The event organiser is also responsible for emptying the waste bins. The bins may have to be emptied several times a day at events with food service and a large number of guests.

If there are fixed waste bins at the venue that can be expected to be filled during the event, the event organiser is responsible for emptying them as well. For more information, please contact the lessor of the venue.

“We will lend you the key to the waste press in Keskustori. It is very useful at events that produce a lot of waste, such as those that involve the sale of food.” – Marketplace Supervisor, City of Tampere


The waste bin supplier will help you to estimate the number of waste bins you need. You can contact Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management (Pirkanmaan Jätehuolto) for advice.

We advise you to mark the locations of waste bins to the venue map to avoid placing them on exit or escape routes.

Pro tip: It makes sense to collect any beverage cans separately: in addition to contributing to their recycling, you may recover a decent amount of money when returning deposit packages to a collection point. A good solution is to use transparent refuse sacks where you can put a few cans in as an example. You can also have a few people patrol the area, collecting empty cans that have been left on tables or the ground.


Placement of waste bins:

  • Clearly visible and accessible;
  • Central locations along walkways and exit routes;
  • Near food and drink stands.

Tips for reducing the amount of waste and litter:

  • Make sure that there are enough clearly marked waste bins in the area, place them along walkways and near food stands, and make sure they are emptied often enough;
  • Avoid unnecessary packaging;
  • Plan any food service in a manner that results in as little waste as possible;
  • Charge a deposit for reusable dishes such as glasses and mugs;
  • Avoid distributing flyers or individually-wrapped marketing materials at the event.

A dedicated waste management plan is required in the case of large events, particularly if food and drinks are served at the event. The event organiser must submit the waste management plan to the City of Tampere Environmental Protection Unit a month before the event at the latest. Read more about the waste management plan.

Atmosphere and attractiveness

A clean venue is a key element that contributes to the atmosphere and attractiveness of the event; an untidy and littered venue may not attract guests to return to the event. Litter attracts more litter. Likewise, the tidier the venue is, the less waste people will leave lying around. In addition to actual waste management working well, this is psychological: if the venue is tidy, people will not want to litter it.

“Explain your clean and environmental policy on your event website. This will encourage your guests to abide by your values.” – Saara Saarteinen, Siisti Tampere (Tidy Tampere) Campaign Director

Ecology contributes to a positive image

Taking responsibility for and caring about the environmental impact of your event is a key asset and a contributor to your image as a responsible event organiser. The City of Tampere is committed to promoting sustainable development and therefore encourages event organisers to consider the environment in their operations.

Event organisers can apply for the EcoCompass Event certificate that involves a commitment to long-term environmental performance and an environmental management programme with tangible measures to be taken.

Find out more about the EcoCompass environmental management system.

Tips for organising an eco-friendly event:

  • Promote recycling and reuse, avoid the use of disposable products;
  • Arrange waste sorting in food service areas or plan food service in a manner that makes it possible to dispose of all waste from food service as organic waste;
  • Where possible choose organic, locally-produced and Fair Trade products;
  • Arrange for a supervised bike parking area for the event;
  • Encourage participants and guests to arrive on foot, by bicycle or public transport.

Cleaning up

If the venue is untidy before the event, contact the lessor. Make sure to arrange for cleaning up during the event to keep the venue attractive. Plan the times and resources for cleaning during the event to make sure it can be carried out smoothly. You can also set up teams of volunteers to patrol the area and clean it up.

The venue must be cleaned up after the event. If it is not possible to collect the rubbish manually, the event organiser must make sure the venue is cleaned up using suitable machines. You may contact the lessor of the venue for advice on cleaning up the venue.

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