Putt Putt Regatta, Davistown
March 11, 2001
The Putt Putt Regatta is an exhibition and competition for vintage motor boats with on-shore
entertainment and stalls at the Davistown waterfront. It is organised by the Brisbane Water Marine Watch
and Rotary Club of Kincumber. In 2000, a crowd of 3-4000 people came to the event. The site is a long
and thin shoreline park, covering ~300m in length.
The Central Coast Waste Board was approached by the Rotary Club of Kincumber to help with the setup
of recycling stations for the Regatta. The Central Coast Waste Board Community Liaison Officer had
given a presentation to the Rotary Club several months before, and as a result they were keen to recycle at
the event. As the CCWB was only approached 3 weeks before hand, we were unable to have much effect
on the packaging of the event, but were able to provide the recycling stations.
9 recycling stations were set up in the park to cover the length of the site. The stations were angled
perpendicular to the shoreline to maximise the view of the banners as people walked along the shore, and
to maximise the view of the shoreline. Pictures of the recycling station can be seen in Appendix A.
The day of the Putt Putt Regatta was overcast with scattered showers throughout the day. Although there
was still a good turnout of people, there were less beverages consumed, as it was not very hot and
therefore less recycling. The food stalls at the event had little waste, with sausage sandwiches and corn
cobs being sold just in serviettes, donuts sold in paper bags, and pancakes sold on paper plates. One of the
Rotary Club members took all the corn husks home to compost for his vegetable farm.
Throughout the day, a CCWB representative monitored the recycling stations. As it was only a one day
event, there was no need to empty the bins, only to exchange bins from places of high use to places of
The recycling stations were clearly visible above the crowd due to the overhead banners on the stations
which also allowed them to be seen from a long way away. A picture of this can be seen in Appendix B.
New promotional banners were designed in time for the event to be placed at the entrance to the site.
They are designed to raise awareness of the system on entry to the site. These can be seen in Appendix B.
A PA announcement about the recycling stations was given to the Rotary Club organiser to pass on to the
MC of the event to be used throughout the day.
Contamination of the recycling stations was mostly low, with the most common item being the plastic
cups, which were made of Plastic Number 5, not PET. Only one station appeared more contaminated as
someone had placed some paper and cardboard in it. The levels of recycling in the garbage bin were
generally quite low, with the most obvious instances being cans and bottles that had been put in a plastic
bag and then placed in the garbage. At the end of the day, the average contamination from the visual
audits was 9%. 5 of the stations were estimated to have less than 2% contamination, with the most
contaminated bin estimated to have 50% contamination due to a layer of cardboard and paper on top. It
should be noted however, that this was a visual audit, and therefore only a snapshot of what could be seen
in the bin at that point in time.
At the end of the day, the recycling bins ranged between 25% (2 stations) and 60% full (2 stations),
averaging 40% full. Garbage bins in the three stations closest to the food area and stage were the most
full. Overall the garbage bins averaged 45% full. It should be noted however, that as the bins were
delivered on Friday afternoon, some of the bins already had material in it, one of the bins was already half
Litter levels on the day were low to almost non-existent. The Rotary Club commented that this was in
stark contrast to the previous year when there was a lot of litter remaining after the event. This reflects
well on the visibility of the stations, and that the number and location of recycling stations was
appropriate for the event.
The setup of the recycling station at the Putt Putt Regatta worked very well. The main needs for future
years would be to ensure that the packaging at the event was appropriate for the system. In particular PET
plastic cups should be used. Being a smaller family event, it may also be a good opportunity to encourage
people to bring along there own reusable plates and cups to receive their food purchases on and in, with
small discounts for those that do.
It should be noted that levels of garbage and recycling would be expected to be greater on a sunny day.
Bin liners can be used on a sunny day so that bins can be easily emptied if necessary.
Appendix A: Recycling stations
Appendix B: Recycling station in crowd, Entrance banner.