Campaigning to reduce litter and improve water quality in Dorset

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Community Events

How to reduce litter and waste at community events

Dorset is full of fantastic community events held throughout the year including the famous knob and hat festival to name a few! Some events are already considering how to reduce litter and waste and making great changes to reduce the harmful effects of litter on our environment. Sharing these changes and tips to reduce litter inspired the project ‘Litter Free Events’. Litter Free Dorset have created some guidance to support organisers to be part of the solution!

Bring Your Own Litter Free Event Guidance

Litter Free Dorset have put together this guidance to support you to reduce waste and litter at your next community event. Litter is unsightly and can travel into our waterways to contribute towards plastic pollution. At Litter Free, we believe in the importance of the waste hierarchy and always encourage people to reduce their waste and reuse items before recycling. Use this tick list to check your events eco credentials and be part of the ‘Bring Your Own’ revolution.

Community Cup Scheme

Don’t get mugged off.

Reuse to reduce waste and litter.

Use a Deposit Return Cup Scheme at your event.


Litter Free Dorset have 500 community cups which can be borrowed for community events.

How it works

  • Customers buy a community cup for a £1 deposit – all cold drinks are sold using a reusable cup.
  • When people have finished with their cup, they can return it and receive their deposit back.
  • Cups will then be washed and packed away ready for the next community event.

Behind The Scenes

This project was funded by the WRAP Litter Innovation Fund.

As part of the research, Litter Free took part in litter bin audits as well as facilitating workshop with community members and event organisers.

Take a look at our ‘behind the scenes’ to see where the idea for our community cup began.

Extra Resources

Event pack available to hire includes:

  • The Community Cup Scheme – 500 reusable cups, the ‘How To Guide’ for event organisers and event goers
  • Refill Signs x 4
  • Anti-littering posters x 4

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