Although events are short-lived or one-off occasions, they call for considerable logistics and generate significant volumes of waste from visitor catering, venue design, goodies, etc.
To create a more responsible form of event management organisers must find solutions to a number of obstacles: How can you make waste bins visible and attractive? What logistical set-up can be envisaged when visitors are present? How do you make waste sorting fun? How can safety requirements be reconciled with waste management issues? etc.
Preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an opportunity to shed light on the challenges and existing solutions of the sector. Amongst these, many are provided by businesses involved in the Social and Solidarity Economy. Les Canaux, the Maison des Economies Solidaires et Innovantes (Center for inclusive and innovative economies) is working on these issues, with the support of Paris 2024 and SOLIDEO (Société de Livraison des Ouvrages Olympiques, the company responsible for Olympic facilities). Working in conjunction with the Yunus Centre, the association has set up ESS 2024: a digital platform supporting players from the Social and Solidarity Economy (ESS), who are helping to create “inclusive and solidarity-based Games”, by informing, uniting and supporting ESS organisations as they bid for Olympic and Paralympic markets and gain economic benefits.
Elise Dupire, ESS 2024 Communications Officer at Les Canaux, explains the issues and challenges.