Sustainable Event Signage and Branding Guide (Part One)
Dec 07, 2020

Sustainable Event Signage and Branding Guide (Part One)

Events can generate a lot of waste and co2 emissions and this includes branding and signage. We have put this guide together to show if a signage product can be recycled and where it can be recycled.

Be wary that some products claim to be recyclable but the pathway to recycling is not available in Australia – this makes the product landfill. We hope that event organisers use this guide to plan environmentally responsible events. We have included greener products where possible. We have also included the option to hire signs or promotional items where available.

This has been prepared by Focus Banners but the guide applies Australia wide. Note that polyester banners can be recycled via Bannerloop which the proprietary recycling system of Focus Banners. We will recycle any polyester purchased from us.

Signage Recyclability

APPLICATIONMATERIALRECYCLEPATHSUBSTITUTEHIRE
Banner (short term)PolyesterYesRecycle via BannerloopNA*No
Banner (long term)PVC Mesh or BannerNoLandfillPolyester Mesh or PolyesterNo
BillboardsPVC BannerNoLandfillNA*No
CCB Covers
(short term)
PolyesterYesRecycle via BannerloopNA*No
CCB Cover
(long term)
PVC BannerNoLandfillPolyesterNo
Signs & CutoutsCorflute
(PVC Sticker)
NoLandfillOutdoor Display BoardNo
Signs & CutoutsOutdoor Display BoardYesKerbside recyclingNA*No
Signs & CutoutsFoam BoardNoLandfillOutdoor Display BoardNo
Teardrop, Feather, Rectangle FlagsFibreglass Pole
----
Polyester Skin
YesPolyester via BannerloopNA*No
Flags Street Pole
(Polyester)
PolyesterYesPolyester via BannerloopNA*No
Flags Street PolePVC BannersNoLandfillPolyester No
Flags Street Pole
(Vinyl)
PVC bannerNoLandfillPolyesterNo
Floor graphicsSelf Adhesive VinylNoLandfillNA*No
Printed Carpet and MatsVariousNoLandfillNA*No
Pull Up BannersAluminium
----
Propylene
Yes
----
No
Metal recycler
----
Landfill
NA*No
Pull Up BannersBambooNoLandfillNA*No
Pull Up Banner
(Bamboo)
Wood (renewable)
----
Polypropylene skin
NoLandfillNA*No
Media WallAluminium frameYesMetal recyclerNA*Yes
A-Frame Sign
(AC Panel)
Steel and AluminiumYesMetal recyclerInset StandNo
Signboard
(permanent)
Aluminium Composite PanelYesMetal recyclerNA*No
A-Frame Sign
(inset type)
Steel
----
Outdoor Display Board
or Corflute
Yes
----
Yes
Metal recycler
----
Kerbside for Outdoor Board 
or Astron Sustainabilty
NA*No
Signs and Cutouts
(short term)
Outdoor Display BoardYesKerbside recyclingNA*No
Pop Up SignsPolyesterYesPolyester to BannerloopNA*No
Branded GazebosAluminium
----
Polyester/Acrylic
Yes
----
No
Metal Recycler
----
Polyester via Bannerloop
NA*Yes
InflatablesThermoplasticsNoLandfillNA*Yes
UmbrellasSteel or Aluminium
----
Polyester or Acrylic
Yes
----
No
Metal Recycler
----
Polyester to Bannerloop
NA*Yes
Cafe BarriersSteel
----
PVC Banner
Yes
----
No
Metal recycler
----
Landfill
NA*No
Branded FurnitureWood (renewable)
----
Polyester seat
No
----
Yes
Landfill
----
Recycle via Bannerloop
NA*Yes
Cable TiesNylonNoLandfillToggle TiesNo
Toggle TiesPolypropyleneNoLandfillNA*No
Chair Covers, Hay Bale Covers, Truss Covers, Stage Backgrounds, Bin CoversPolyesterYesRecycle via BannerloopNA*No
ScrimPVC MeshNoLandfillPolyester MeshNo
ScrimPolyester MeshYesRecycle via BannerloopNA*No
Table ClothsPolyesterYesRecycle via BannerloopNA*No
Promotional CountersPVC counter
----
PVC Graphic
NoLandfillNA*No
Display Stands
Slimline
Aluminium
----
Polypropylene
Yes
----
No
Metal recycler
----
Landfill
NA*Yes
Toblerone Bollard
Signs
Direct Print
Corflute
YesAstron Sustainability in industrial quantitiesOutdoor Display BoardNo
Wall and Window
Graphics
Self Adhesive VinylNoLandfillNA*No