With a $2.53 trillion-dollar global economic impact, as reported by Meetings Mean Business, it’s clear that our industry is extremely powerful – and leaves a very large waste footprint.
The amount of waste generated from live events can be enormous. Often, it is simply more cost-effective to fill up dumpsters at the end of an event rather than to reuse or recycle. And when an event demands the limelight of a huge build out, “reducing” is often in direct conflict with the creative.
Entertainment giant Live Nation is doing something about it today – setting ambitious goals to reduce waste at their venues and festivals by 50% by 2030 and by ending the sale of single-use plastics at all of their venues by 2021.
There are other things that all of us can do – utilizing more and more recyclable materials in scenery builds; creating elements that can be easily compacted and reused in order to reduce landfill waste; eliminating single-use plastics from all events.
Take a look at Live Nation’s “Green Nation” efforts here: