Event waste collection, recycling and disposal

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    Taking a greener approach to event waste management

    Our award-winning event waste collection service will keep you 100% compliant, boost your environmental credentials and can save you money.

    Maximising recycling

    Zero waste to landfill

    Reducing waste disposal costs

    Your reputation could be at stake if you don’t manage your event waste correctly

    The sheer volume and breadth of event waste can be overwhelming, especially if it includes hazardous waste items such as camping stoves and gas bottles.


    Our Special Events team has years of experience working at events of all shapes and sizes and, because we offer a total waste management service, we take care of absolutely everything and keep you 100% compliant.

    Work with an award-winning events waste management team you can trust

    We win awards for our great service, innovative ideas and our proactive partnership approach.


    Customers including the Formula 1 British Grand Prix (held at Silverstone), Twickenham Stadium, Ascot Racecourse and CarFest South trust us to help them meet sustainability goals and maximise recycling opportunities, while providing a cost-effective and reliable waste collection service for their events.

    Expert advice

    Good planning is the key to successful event waste management – we work with organisers to determine their waste priorities and provide a service which meets those objectives

    Bins for all requirements

    Events come in all shapes and sizes and so do our waste bins, containers and compactors – all designed to make waste collection as easy as possible

    Waste education

    From posters and signage to children’s games, our proactive approach delivers crowd engaging ideas to boost recycling awareness

    The importance of delivering greener events

    We understand that organisers want to reduce waste, increase recycling and make sure their events are as green as possible. We also know how important it is to be able to measure success in order to determine future goals.


    That’s why we tailor our services to promoting waste education, giving advice to you and your suppliers on managing different waste streams and increasing segregation and, of course, guaranteeing 100% compliance with all relevant legislation.


    We promise zero waste to landfill and provide the necessary recycling statistics to help set targets year-on-year.

    Why choose Grundon?

    Over 50 years’ experience in event waste management

    Grundon have been providing a first-class waste management service to events of all sizes for over 50 years. Our customers range from music festivals and sporting events at Silverstone, Twickenham and Ascot Racecourse, through to weddings and small parties

    We offer a range of complementary services

    Working with our long-term trusted partners, Grundon provide a full event waste management service, including complementary services such as litter picking, site cleaning and toilet hire. Whatever your requirements, we’ve got you covered

    Dedicated team of event waste experts

    Our dedicated and award winning team of experienced event waste experts deliver a tailormade service to all our customers, from pre-event planning, a dedicated presence during the event and post-event reporting and wash-up

    Our customer’s 
points of view

    “Grundon have proven over the past three years to over deliver on services – they’re great at what they do and are ideal partners for us.”

    Neil Priscott

    Chief Operating Officer, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

    “We are delighted that Gloucestershire CCC have placed their faith in us to continue the good work we have started, and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship.”

    Dan Peacey

    Regional Sales Manager

    “This not only puts us in pole position as more and more towns and cities move towards adopting low emission zones; it is also a big step forward in helping local businesses to achieve their sustainability targets by reducing carbon emissions through net zero waste collections.”

    John Stephens

    General Manager – Logistics

    “The big thing to take away is to understand that data collection is really important and should be celebrated. The granular information we now have from Grundon – and our wider information around reducing carbon emissions – means we can present hard facts to our colleagues, providing the necessary impetus to effect change for the future. ”

    Peter Watts


    “Without being able to measure our food waste we would never have known how much there was. We see this as a positive because it has given us a target for the future. ”

    Keith Field

    Head of Soft Services, Sodexo

    “This was the first time we had tried to achieve net zero for a large enclosure and Grundon’s aspirations were far greater than ours. It was a real learning curve to see the results that could be achieved.”

    Keith Field

    Head of Soft Services, Sodexo

    “With Grundon, we saw an organisation that wanted to work with us, to challenge us rather than just do what we wanted. They came up with solutions that enabled us to start pushing boundaries, they understood what could be achieved, and have continued to demonstrate new ways of working that exceeded our goals.”

    Peter Watts


    “The Crown Estate and Savills knew we had a good track record on environmental improvements and were very clear about the sustainability and waste goals they wanted us to achieve at Rushden Lakes.”

    James Luckett

    Senior Contract Manager

    “Having Grundon on board has given us more control of food waste from the restaurants and cafés, we can manage it more effectively and to the standards that need to be achieved.”

    Jamie Denney

    Sustainability champion and Site Centre Administrator, Rushden Lakes

    “Helping local communities to access and enjoy their beautiful surroundings is very important to us and this project does exactly that. Well done to everyone for all their hard work.”

    Toni Robinson

    Head of Compliance

    “Every pressurised Metered Dose Inhaler (pMDI) thrown away is full of hugely polluting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases – a type of greenhouse gas known to be over a thousand times worse than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change.”

    “It is estimated that Metered Dose Inhalers currently contribute to approximately 4% of the carbon footprint of the NHS, therefore it is vital that we ensure inhalers we dispense are disposed of in the most appropriate way, such as through recycling methods provided by Grundon Waste Management.”

    “It is estimated that Metered Dose Inhalers currently contribute to approximately 4% of the carbon footprint of the NHS, therefore it is vital that we ensure inhalers we dispense are disposed of in the most appropriate way, such as through recycling methods provided by Grundon Waste Management.”

    Oliver Newman

    Assistant Divisional Manager, Pharmacy & Medicines Management at Swansea Bay University Health Board

    “Grundon has always been proud of being one step ahead and being the Benchmark for innovation. I see this as only the start and we are working on new projects and services that will ensure our customers benefit from our efforts to improve sustainability whilst ensuring value for money for our customers.”

    Andy Stratton

    Grundon’s Clinical Commercial Manager

    “It is exciting to be able to provide alternative products to our clients that are designed to reduce consumption of raw materials by replacing them with waste materials in their design without compromising the integrity of the bin in any way.”

    Dr Shauna Costley

    Grundon’s Clinical Compliance & Sustainability Manger

    “Our customers have found that switching to responsibly sourced recycled medical waste bins is effortless, as well as highly beneficial in pursuing the NHS net zero carbon emissions targets.”

    Dr Shauna Costley

    Grundon’s Clinical Compliance & Sustainability Manger

    “As a Colnbrook-based business, we are really proud to support the local community so to help fund this treasure trove of history on our doorstep has been a real treat.”

    Kirsti Santer

    Marketing Manager

    “Our expertise and in-depth knowledge enables us to take care of the process from start to finish and guarantees that the disposal is both fully compliant and meets an organisation’s duty of care obligations, with all the necessary documentation provided.”

    Chris Edwards

    General Manager – Technical

    “The history of transport is something that is especially dear to my own heart as, without all our vehicles throughout the years, Grundon could not have developed into the successful business it is today.”

    Norman Grundon


    “The success of our trials gave us 100% confidence that the new electric vehicles have the capacity to complete average waste collections of around 80-100km per day, without the need to recharge en-route.”

    Bradley Smith, Grundon

    “Modifying a diesel refuse vehicle not only saves in excess of £100,000 versus the purchase of a new electric vehicle, but it also gives it a new lease of life – literally recycling on the go.”

    Spencer Law, Chief Executive Officer, RVS

    “We see this innovation as a real game-changer and an important milestone on our ongoing journey towards further helping our customers achieve their sustainability targets.”

    Neil Grundon


    “The catering department is very satisfied with the waste food collection arrangements with Grundon. The bin exchange system works extremely well. ”

    Anne Byrne

    Facilities Manager (Catering and Housekeeping Services)

    “The trampoline’s so popular that we’ve had to set up a timing system so that everyone gets a go on it”

    Lisa Jimenez

    Centre Manager for Youth and Play

    “The specific items requested in this project align with Grundon’s own social and environmental aims, to develop spaces and activities that help to improve deprived communities and bring tangible benefits to the environment.”

    John Phelps

    Operations Manager

    “Festivals are high-pressured environments needing experience and flexibility, operations at unconventional hours and sometimes a willingness to go the extra mile.”

    Daniel Peacey

    Regional Sales Manager

    “It’s a feeling of belonging and adds extra interest”

    An FGR Senior Ambassador from an Independent Living Group in Nailsworth

    “I’m delighted to be able to represent FGR. It’s a pleasure to see the next generation of FGR fans coming through and supporting the club and its green credentials.”

    Paul, one of the current FGR Senior Ambassadors

    “I’m pleased to say that we have made a real difference. Although it is early days, we are confident we can save more money as we get better at segregation, and of course, it is better for the environment too.”

    Janka Penther

    Restaurant Manager, The Cotswold Plough Hotel

    “We have a significant number of outlets who serve coffee and other drinks in disposable paper cups so this move makes complete commercial sense for us and for our tenants. The opportunity to introduce paper cup recycling by Grundon means we divert the thousands of cups that would have ended up in general waste, into recycling and it really does tick all the boxes.”

    Cyrus Annan

    Centre Manager, London’s Bond Street Shopping Centre

    “Introducing mixed recycling meant Xscape Milton Keynes not only exceeded its recycling targets, but also reduced general waste collections by 50% and the implementation programme was cost-neutral due to increased rebates from recycling materials. ”

    Carl Meale

    General Manager, Xscape Milton Keynes

    “Grundon is giving us excellent support, both in practical terms and in helping to identify weaknesses and giving us and our tenants advice and awareness training.”

    Kirsty Pollard

    General Manager, Brighton Marina

    “We weren’t just looking for a waste company that could save us money, we wanted someone who would work with us throughout the journey to improve our environmental credentials.”

    Jamie Grierson

    Back of House and Logistics Manager, The Grove, luxury 5 star hotel

    “The expert guidance Grundon has given us over the years has been invaluable. With a venue like ours, it’s not just down to price, it’s about service as well and Grundon’s is second to none. We have never been let down and they have always been there for us.”

    Lee Howkins

    Venue Manager, Silverstone

    “The one single word that defines how I feel about Grundon is confidence – I have every confidence in their ability to do a job and deliver whatever we may ask of them. That’s why we enjoy working with them so much.”

    Alastair Williams

    JLL Procurement Category Manager – Soft Services

    “Grundon give advice and help solve any waste problems, the fact that they handle all of our waste streams means it is so much simpler for me to manage the contract.”

    Steve Sellwood

    Facilities Manager, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

    “I was happy to leave the operation in Grundon’s hands and they were brilliant and took care of everything. Nothing was too much trouble and that allowed us to focus on the business itself. ”

    Julien Abbott

    Director of TAAB Laboratories Equipment, speaking after a devastating fire at its premises.

    “For us, it’s about having the right partnerships and I find that Grundon always does the right thing in making sure we are compliant and giving expert advice rather than just trying to sell us something.”

    Bryan Edwards

    Professional & Services Warehouse Manager, BRITA UK

    Setting up an event waste management service couldn’t be easier

    Setting up a dedicated waste management service for your event couldn’t be any easier. Simply follow these steps today and we’ll provide you with a professional, reliable and crowd-pleasing service.


    Tell us about your event

    Tell us about your event, the number of people attending and details about the venue, as well as your waste management requirements . If needed our expert team are happy to meet with you and undertake a full site audit to look at your needs and opportunities to boost recycling


    Get a quote

    we’ll provide you with a bespoke proposal and quotation for a comprehensive event waste management service which is tailored to meet the exact needs of your event


    We’ll set up your waste management

    We’ll deliver your bins and containers, and we’ll schedule your collections around your event and available site access times. Our dedicated team will provide you with a 24/7 point of contact throughout the duration of your event, ensuring you have complete peace of mind

    Crowd-pleasing waste management for events of any size

    Our total waste management service takes care of everything from mixed recycling, general waste, plastic waste, glass waste, metal waste (eg drinks cans); through to cardboard recycling, food waste, campsite waste even clinical waste from first aid rooms and toilet areas.


    From the moment your event date is in the diary, we can help decide your waste priorities and determine the best approach for your environmental agenda and your budget.


    If recycling is the main priority, we work with you and your suppliers to increase segregation of waste streams, creating a bespoke service to make it as easy as possible to boost those recycling statistics. For example, installing food caddies and specialist food waste bins will help caterers to promote segregation and recycling back-of-house, as well as in public areas.


    If zero waste to landfill is top of the list, we can guarantee to meet this goal by sending waste to our own Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities, where it is processed to generate renewable electricity.


    We like to think we go that little bit further too. If required, we can produce recycling leaflets and free waste sacks for traders and campers, and even organise waste awareness games to encourage families to engage in fun recycling activities.


    It’s all part of the bespoke service that we know gets the best results.

    Frequently asked questions

    How can Grundon make my event more sustainable?

    We work with you and your event suppliers, helping everyone to understand the sustainability goals and then we give them the advice and necessary tools (containers, signage, posters etc) to help them meet those targets.


    We make every effort to improve education and awareness of recycling, we promote segregation of waste and make sure the right containers are in the right locations to make this as easy as possible.


    Because we have access to our own disposal and treatment facilities, such as Energy from Waste (EfW), Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF)s, we can tell you exactly where your waste goes and provide all the statistics you need to benchmark one year’s event against another.


    Clinical waste, such as items from first aid rooms, and hazardous waste, such as camping gas stoves, are both collected separately and taken to our specialist facilities for processing. This ensures you are 100% compliant with all the necessary hazardous waste and/or clinical waste rules and regulations.


    Our focus is always on helping you to improve your environmental credentials and the fact our own vehicle collection fleet is certified CarbonNeutral® means we don’t add to your carbon footprint when we come to collect those bins.

    What size of events can you handle

    Everything and anything. From family celebrations in a village hall requiring just one bin, through to major events with thousands of attendees, we provide the necessary expertise and experience to ensure waste management at your event goes smoothly and efficiently.

    Event margins are tight, how can Grundon save me money

    We help many of our customers save money because, by encouraging them to segregate waste for recycling and reprocessing, we reduce the cost of their general waste.

    Can you help me plan the location and number of bins I need, and can you empty them on-site when they’re full?

    We have a tried and tested formula for working out how many bins and containers should be needed and how long they should last.


    For a typical large event, such as a music festival or sporting occasion, we suggest 120 litre food waste bins, 240 and 1100 litre wheeled bins with our front end loaders, skips, rolonofs and balers. We even use mobile compactors which reduce the number of on-site vehicle movements, making it safer for everyone.


    All our bins are jet washed, cleaned and checked before every event and they are colour-coded, with very clear signage to help all the festival goers understand which items go in which bins.


    Their location is critical and we make sure they are well signposted and situated in areas of high footfall.


    We appreciate there may be occasions when some bins, such as those near food outlets, become full quicker than anticipated. At larger events, we will have on-site teams to keep an eye on issues such as this and we will make changes as quickly as possible.


    At other times, our close liaison with organisers and cleaning teams means they will soon let us know and we can then take the necessary action. Cleaning teams are usually responsible for moving full bins to our compactors and performing the end-of-event clean-up.

    How soon do I need to start planning for waste management at my event?

    As soon as you have the details of the event. The earlier we can become involved, the more we can do to help you. You can always call us to discuss your ideas.