We’re encouraging all Congress delegates to bring their own reusable tea/coffee mugs and water bottles. These must have a lid. We’ll also be selling them at the RCN shop in the Exhibition Hall. (Please note that the on-site caterers are unable to wash or rinse these cups.)
The single-use cups and lids used at the ACC are compostable.
Caterers at the ACC only use sustainable Vegware packaging:
Construction of the Exhibition Hall and the registration area is managed by Joe Manby Ltd. During the construction and get-out phases of their work, every effort is made to minimise noise, traffic disruption and other environmental impacts. Preference is always given to the most environmentally sustainable products and where waste disposal is unavoidable, this is only carried out through licensed contractors or other responsible and recorded means.
In addition, all the carpet used is sent for recycling, this is made into plastic pellets, which in turn as used to make water butts, playground equipment etc. All the exhibition construction materials are reused after each event, including electrical cables which are part of a reusable system.
A paper-free Congress is our ultimate aim. The reliability of connectivity – both wifi and 3/4/5G signals – as well as the availability of devices and suitable software to deliver a successful event are some of the issues which need to be addressed before we can remove paper altogether.
In the meantime, the Agenda Committee, Council and RCN staff are making every effort to reduce the amount of printed material produced for Congress, while still giving delegates all the information they need to make the most of their time in Liverpool.
The Congress Daily Bulletin, a round-up of news and views from Congress will be produced digitally this year. This follows a successful trial of the new RCN Magazines online platform at Congress last year.
We have also stopped producing Congress at a Glance, the small, folded schedule designed to fit in the back pocket of the badge wallets. Production schedules meant that this had to be completed long before Congress and that it was out-of-date by the time Congress started.
Everything you need to know about Congress, include up-to-date schedules, is available live on the Congress website.
Printed material produced by the RCN for Congress, including the main Congress Guide, is manufactured by our printers Brown, Knight and Truscott (BKT). BKT’s sustainability policy requires the company to comply with, and exceed where practicable, all applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice. BKT is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and uses exclusively FSC-certified paper, either virgin, recycled or a blend of both.
FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management and Chain of Custody certification. This system allows consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forest products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials.
FSC’s “tick tree” logo is used to indicate that products are certified under the FSC system. When you see the FSC logo on a label, you can buy forest products with confidence that you are helping to ensure our forests are alive for generations to come.
We base the quantity of materials we order on the number of registered delegates, and our expectation of the numbers who will actually attend.
Delegate bags, and the associated promotional fliers and fillers they contained, will no longer be produced for Congress.
Please bring your own bags to keep your Congress guides and other bits and pieces together.
Page last updated - 05/03/2019