Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Event Kit
Our Zero Waste Event kit is perfect for small events hosting up to 200 people like:
- Business Functions & Meetings
- Birthday Parties
- Weddings & Family Reunions
- Cocktail Parties
- Picnics & Barbeques
- Neighborhood Block Parties
- Compostable tableware made from plant starches instead of plastic, such as plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc.
- A cardboard compost collection box for collecting compostable tableware and food waste.
- A compostable liner bag for the cardboard compostables collection container.
- Guidelines to post on your household compost bin and recyclables bin.
- Table signs for tables or other appropriate areas, letting your guests know how to participate in your Zero Waste event.
Step 1: Invite Your Guests
I'm working with Eco-Cycle to make this a Zero Waste event. Please support my efforts by not bringing non-recyclable materials to this event. To learn more about ways to support my Zero Waste event or to learn more about Zero Waste, go to www.ecocycle.org.
Step 2: Assess Your Event Needs
1. Compostable TablewareAll products available in the kit are made from recycled paper, plant starch, or sugarcane and are fully compostable. You determine the amount, size and type of tableware you need, depending on the size of your event and the food and/or beverages you plan to serve. Compostable products are available in multiples of 25.
- Tip: Consider whether you really need tableware:
- Reusables don't create any waste. If you don't have enough, ask guests to bring their own or rent from local suppliers.
- Serve finger foods and utilize bread bowls and ice cream cones to avoid the need for tableware.2. Compostables Collection ContainerYour compostables collection container consists of a sturdy cardboard box and a compostable liner bag. The front panel of the container features easy-to-understand composting guidelines for you and your guests to follow. All leftover food (including meat, bones and dairy), food-soiled paper and the compostable tableware that comes with your kit goes straight into the box.3. Educational SignageMake sure your guests know they have entered a "Zero Waste Zone!"
- Table signs: These attractive paper signs can be placed on surfaces in high-traffic areas such as the entryway of your event or on dining tables to announce your Zero Waste commitment.
- Compost sign: This easy-to-follow guidelines sign comes affixed to your cardboard compost bin and includes pictures of the compostable products since many guests will mistake these items for recyclables, rather than compostables. A similar sign is affixed to the top flap of the box. Spanish guidelines are available as well.
- Commingled container sign: We suggest you use your household recycling container or reserve collapsible recycling bins to collect bottles and cans for recycling at your event. We provide signs to make your container visible and to make the guidelines simple for guests. This sign can be affixed to the front of your bin during the event, and recycled or composted (if soiled) when the event is over. This sign is available in English and Spanish.