Chantal Kerr-Sheppard and Carina Jandt
Turning waste into opportunities
Event Cycle is an initiative that takes unwanted event waste and gives it a second life. These useful materials, which would otherwise go to waste, are repurposed and redistributed to charities, social enterprises and community groups, as well as back into the events industry. The service tackles the problem of sustainability in one industry and creates a positive, social impact in another, feeding into a circular economy by keeping materials in use and out of landfill.
From graphics to giveaways, planks of wood to plants, there's a vast array of items that arise in events alongside a unique request list from the non-for-profit sector too. Charities sign up, tell Event Cycle where they are, what they need and how they'll use it, creating a database of organisations across the UK. Event organisers tell Event Cycle what they have, and where it will be, and a home is found for the items on a local first approach, reducing emissions on transport where possible. Their revenue comes from this point as a handling fee - for charities the process is free.Event Cycle Website