Waste Reduction & Recycling
Planning Green Events
Best Management Practices Guidebook for Special Event-Generated Waste in Rural Comunities
Event Recycling Set Up. Photo from City of Gresham, Oregon
Northeast Recycling Council Inc. Best Management Practices Guidebook for Special Event-Generated Waste in Rural Communities. Produced with Funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Solid Waste Management Grant Program.
Below are some of the recommendations from the guidebook. More information on these topics can be found in the guidebook.
- Limit or eliminate trash disposal services for vendors. Often vendors pack up in a hurry and leave behind all types of items. Put a clause in the vendor contracts that requires them to pack out all waste, or limits the types of allowable waste. Charge a penalty to all who don’t comply.
- Encourage or require vendors to supply drinks in containers that can be recycled as part of the event’s recycling program.
- Limit the number of printed materials, if experience indicates there are usually extras.
- Be sure that any printed materials are two-sided and on recycled-content paper.
- Consider requiring that vendors use compostable plates, cups, flatware, and trash bags.
- Choose reusable signs, recycling containers, and other equipment that can be stored for re-use in future years.
- Encourage and facilitate vendor efforts to donate leftover items, such as food or durable products.
- Cardboard, paper, returnable cans and bottles, other recyclable food and beverage containers, wood pallets, grease