Please fill out the form and/or contact us AT LEAST 2 WEEKS in advance of your event.
We only support events on the CU Boulder campus or through CU Boulder departments.
2. Reduce your event waste
Start by using reusable food servce products.
Look to eliminate single-use items and packaging.
Choose your vendors wisely and brainstrom how they can reduce waste.
Serve in bulk. Many beverages, condiments, etc. can be purchased in larger sizes.
3. Use items that can be recycled or composted
If you have to use disposable/single-use food service items:
Make sure they are recyclable or compostable.
If possible, use ALL compostable service items for food and bulk beverages.
Verify items are compostable or recyclable in your area before purchasing for your event.
Apply the same concepts to your promotional materials and giveaways.
4. Create a waste collection plan
The Environmental Center staff can best assist with a waste collection plan for your event.
Paired bins optimize accuracy in disposal. Provide options to recycle/compost/landfill at each station.
Maintain seperation of "public" bins and "back of house" bins, as the waste streams are often different.
5. Train your staff and guests
The Environmental Center staff can provide training to your event staff and vendors.
For large events, " Waste Goalies" can be placed at each station to engage guests,
Consider marketing your event as a "Sustainable or Zero Waste". This way guests will know what to expect and will recognize your sustainabilty efforts. Utilize marketing materials to relay these efforts and other sustainable suggestions, encouraging guests to bring their own water bottle or ride public transportion to reduce their footprint at your event.