Creating effective recycling signage for events

If you would like to minimise the rubbish created by your event, to increase the amount recycled and to reduce contamination then good signage is key.

Children, tourists and speakers of English as a second language will also find it easier to sort their waste if simple and effective signage is used.

The factsheet above explains the different kinds of signage you can use and outlines what you need to take into account when you are developing your signage.  Key considerations include:

  • Is your event inside or outside, i.e. does your signage need to be weatherproof?
  • Will you be reusing your signage at multiple events?
  • Does your signage need to be durable?
  • Will your signage fit easily into the back of a car?
  • Is your event family orientated i.e. will you need to have signage at child height?
  • Will you have staff explaining to the public where to put their rubbish or will you be solely relying on the signage?

Steps to organising event signage

  • Step 1: Find out what items your rubbish company will accept for recycling and composting, then talk to your stallholders and event organisers to identify the most common types of rubbish that will be created by the event.  g. water cups, beer bottles, takeaway containers.  Where possible try to standardise the types of rubbish created.


  • Step 2: View the site and identify how many rubbish and recycling bins you will need and where they will be located at the event.


  • Step 3: View any existing signage at the site, then check with your rubbish company and local council to see what signage they have available and then check to see if it is suitable for your event.


  • Step 4: Read through the factsheet and decide what kind of signage will be most appropriate for your event.

For further assistance in creating signage contact