10 tips on how to plan your zero-waste event.
What’s a zero-waste event?
A zero-waste event – business reception, workshop, party, or any function – takes action to reduce the amount of garbage from the event.
The 7-day Phoenix Open with 500,000 spectators went zero-waste. The fans loved it, the media was wowed and the sponsors were delighted. The PGA Tour’s largest event was a resounding success – your event will be too!
Why should my event be zero-waste?
- Fulfill public expectation
- Garner more sponsorships
- Fulfill the company mandate of sustainability
- Engage your employees
- Reduce environmental strain created by landfills
- It’s easy!
Here are our Top Ten tips for making your event zero-waste:
- Source recycled materials: Use materials with high post-consumer recycled content.
- Recycle and compost: Place more recycling and compost than trash bins at your venue.
- Engage your guests: Make them part of the effort. Put up easy-to-read signs, colour-code the bins and announce that your event is zero-waste.
- Get some help: Talk to your staff and volunteers about the zero-waste effort. Make sure everyone knows what goes in each bin!
- Find a venue that supports zero-waste: For a green event with a healthy dose of luxury, how about the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel?
- Find a caterer that support zero-waste: Forage Vancouver serves up tasty food with an emphasis on sustainability.
- Jazz up your online RSVP’s: Save on paper and give your event a sophisticated flair. Check out RSVPify for beautiful invitations.
- Use compostable utensils and dish-ware: For even the heartiest meals, we use Biodegradable Solutions.
- Decorate with reused or recyclable materials: Avoid balloons!
- Monitor the bins at the end of the day: It’s easy to forget about earlier efforts at the end of a long day. Guide your guests to the right bins with a smile.
And one more: share your zero-waste success! Post photos and thank your guests on social media after the event. Congratulate them on a productive day and being part of a green solution.