GUIDE TO RECYCLING AT SPECIAL EVENTS
Special events provide a great opportunity to recycle. Efforts are appreciated by both your guests and staff.
Once you learn the basics, you’ll see how EASY it is to make it a ZERO WASTE event!
Click here for signs to use at your event:
PLAN AHEAD - Include recycling from the start of the event planning process.
Each event is different. Use these tips as an outline to begin building a successful recycling program.
Zero waste success stories: The 2011 Earth Day and Fourth of July Festivals in downtown Napa both recycled or composted over 90% of the event waste and generated only a few bags of garbage! At the annual Napa Town and Country Fair each August, NRWS collects over 80 tons of recyclable and compostable materials - 4/5 of the total material generated at the event! Many downtown Napa events, including Chef's Market, are now Zero Waste events.
REASONS TO RECYCLE
- Special events typically produce a lot of waste…which can lead to unexpectedly huge garbage bills. Recycling can save you money - there is always a charge for trash collection, while recycling service is provided free of charge.
- State and County policies require recycling at large events.
- Your guests notice and appreciate it – recycling is good PR!
- By recycling, you save valuable resources, conserve energy and reduce pollution.
- Increasingly, corporations and agencies give preference to “green practices” when shopping for event locations and service providers.
www.bottlesandcans.com: free information and supplies from CalRecycle
Purchase your own recycling containers: Office supply stores carry a wide selection, or check www.crra.com/vserc/vendors.html for a list of container vendors.
Food donations: Napa Valley Food Bank - (707) 253-6128 (the Good Samaritan Law protects you by limiting food donor liability). Click here for more options.
Buy recycled-content products: check the directory here.
Buy compostable products: check with you local restaurant supply distributer or look online. Online options include: www.greenhome.com, www.greenearthofficesupply.com, www.excellentpackaging.com, www.worldcentric.org, www.greenisgreeninc.com
Zero Waste Event Tip: If your event includes food composting collection, you can use compostable cups – they look and perform just like plastic...but they're made of corn instead. Buy them at local stores or one of the sites listed above. For other events, use clear PET(#1) plastic cups, which can be recycled in the blue bins. Better yet...consider using real glassware instead of disposable cups.
Interested in a Zero Waste event? Try food composting!
NRWS/NCRWS can provide collection services for food scraps, soiled paper, and compostable products…turn your event waste into compost instead of sending it to the landfill!
Use compostable paper or bio-plastic products instead of Styrofoam or petroleum-based plastics – check out the event product links above.
Email us for more tips on how to successfully implement composting collection at your event.
Did you know?
NRWS composts over 2000 lbs. of crab shells from Napa Crab Feeds each winter!
Special event food scraps are mixed with yardwaste and composted at our Napa facility.