The Netsky event held at Trafalgar Park showed festival-goers know how to have a good time as well as care for the environment with nearly 90% of event waste diverted from landfill.

Community Leisure Management Trafalgar Centre Manager Mark Mekalick, who leads the team responsible for managing the venue for Nelson City Council, says the results show people want to do the right thing when it comes to recycling.   

“People are really good at choosing to recycle or compost when they have those options,” says Mark.

“By being mindful about the products sold on site, we’re able to sort waste after events and ensure the vast majority is recycled or composted. I think we can continue to divert even more waste from landfill for future events.” 

Waste minimisation has increasingly become business as usual at Nelson events, with flagship events at the Trafalgar Centre seeing a steady decrease in waste, going from 66% waste diversion from Bay Dreams in 2020, to 79% in 2021, followed by 89% at this year’s electronic music event.

“We’re incredibly proud the Trafalgar venue can hold big events that are light on the environment,” says Mark. 

Community and Recreation Committee Chair Councillor Tim Skinner says the Netsky event has shown what’s possible in terms of diverting waste. 

“It’s great to see our venues, event organisers, and the patrons who attend events in Nelson working together to reduce waste and make these events more environmentally sustainable.

“This should inspire all event organisers to think about waste and how they can make a positive difference.”

Nelson City Council will be holding another waste minimisation workshop in autumn to help event organisers reduce waste. To learn more and for other advice on event waste planning, email