How It Works

Choose your preferred model and use our online Cost Calculator

‘Levy On Each Drink / Meal’ Scheme

Model A
Depending on the size of the event, an agreed additional fee is added to the cost of each drink / meal at the point of sale.
  • Every time the customer wants another drink / meal, they bring their used cup / food container back to a serving point.
  • A fresh cup / food container is provided in exchange for the dirty cup / food container.
  • At the end of the event, the customer drops their reusable cup / food container into a collection bin or a charitable organisation collects them from around your site.

‘Levy On Ticket Price’ Scheme

Model B
A suggested £1 Eco-Fee is added to the price of the entry ticket to the event to cover the cost of the scheme.
  • Every time the customer wants another drink / meal, they bring their used cup / food container back to a serving point.
  • A fresh cup / food container is provided in exchange for the dirty cup / food container.
  • At the end of the event, the customer drops their reusable cup / food container into a collection bin or a charitable organisation collects them from around your site.

Event Cup Solutions - Online Cost Calculator

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Use our calculator, choosing whether you want to use (A) 'Levy On Each Drink / Meal' Scheme or (B) 'Levy On Ticket Price' Scheme to simulate projected revenues and costs.

One of the main concerns in the deployment of reusable cups and food-to-go containers is the cost involved in buying/renting, storing, handling, cleaning & drying these items.

We advise event organisers how they can reach a zero-cost project.

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Both of these schemes provide an eco-friendly alternative to single use, and provide solutions for the complete elimination of single use plastics at festivals & big events.  They also empower event organisers to fulfil their own environmental responsibilities, as well as providing great PR opportunities.

How it Works

If you’ve ever thought about how it works when it comes to reusable cups and food-to-go containers, here at Event Cup Solutions, we aim to make life as simple as possible, suggesting two principal schemes that festival and big event organisers can adopt for their specific event which are outlined on this ‘How it works’ page.

We have created the graphic above on this ‘How it works’ page as we realise the some event organisers work on a refundable deposit scheme basis when using reusable cups at their event. In other words, the user pays a small premium – say £1 – on top of the price of their first drink. They then use the reusable cup or food to go container for the duration of the event, returning to the bar each time, paying the normal drink price and getting a fresh cup each time. 

Then, at the end of the event, they can then return to the bar or collection point and receive their £1 deposit back. In principle, this would appear to be a good idea, and it certainly is in many instances, and we would always encourage organisers to use a scheme that works best for them. The obvious flaw with a refundable deposit scheme is the fact that you’ll potentially have larger queues at your bar, with a certain percentage of people simply queuing to get their £1 back. And let’s face it, no one likes to queue!

How it works - Which model is for you?

That’s why, therefore, here at Event Cup Solutions, we would strongly suggest using one of our two schemes. These are our “Levy on ticket price” and “Levy on each drink / meal” scheme.

As their names would suggest, they are self explanatory. The “Levy on ticket price” is where the organiser adds an additional small fee to the price of the ticket to operate a reusable scheme. The visitors simply get their first drink or meal at the standard price and the same thereafter. At the end of the event, they simply place their used cup or food container in the collection bins at exit points on site, or they are cleared up by charity partner volunteers. The “Levy on each drink / meal” is very similar but the price of each drink or meal is increased fractionally to be able to use the reusable scheme. So, how it works really is that easy!

How it works - The brand

The great thing about our branded cups is that they are branded with ‘One Planet One Chance‘ which is powerful environmental message but not attractive enough for people to stick in their pocket at the end of the event – something that we all want to avoid as these will probably then end up in landfill. Also, if this happens, the event organiser will then be liable for a replacement fee – however, the good news is that this would typically be less than the £1 levy fee that the user paid in the first place, so as the event organiser you won’t lose out!

Here at Event Cup Solutions, we love to talk about how it works in terms of reusable cups and food-to-go containers in practice, and our experts will be delighted to discuss your specific event requirements in more detail, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!