Does your awesome event have some not so awesome waste? Become a composting super hero and turn your event into a Zero Waste event. Rent one of our easy to use “Waste Not” composting stations for your event. They are perfect for your music festival, farmer’s market, wedding, or other event.

What is a Zero Waste Event?

A Zero Waste Event (or “ZeeWee” as it has been nicknamed) is one in which event organizers plan ahead to reduce solid waste from the event, reuse various elements such as banners, and set up Zero-Waste Stations for those recyclable and compostable materials such as paper cups, food scraps, and plastic water bottles that are generated by the event. ZeeWees can range from large scale sports events, farmer’s markets, weddings, festivals, and parties.

How do I make my event Zero Waste?

The most important part of any event is the planning that takes place before the event. Event organizers like you have a great influence on the success of zero waste programs at events. Part of pre-event planning involves gaining an understanding of the types of waste your event will generate so that you can identify where you can reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste. By working with vendors and controlling what attendees may bring to the event, you can influence the composition of your event’s waste stream. Using paper cups instead of plastic ones is a simple way to cut down on major waste. Or encouraging people to reuse their cups (example: with a $0.25 discount) Once you have an idea what your event’s waste stream will consist of, you must decide what can be collected for reuse, recycling and composting, and what can be substituted for less wasteful alternatives. Consider the following sources of waste. Are they possible at your event? Food vendors At traditional events with food vendors, up to 40% of the waste produced is compostable food and food soiled paper. Vendors are also a large source of single-use packaging. Remember to account for waste produced behind the scenes along with waste seen by event goers. Other vendors Often vendors distribute brochures or business cards to event goers. Is it possible that this material might end up as waste? vending machines Vending machines can be a source of single-use packaging as well as refundable beverage containers. Are there any on or near your event site? Local businesses Are there other businesses in the area that might inadvertently add to the waste on site? Event participants Often event participants bring waste to your event.This can be anything from the single-use packaging or food waste from a picnic lunch to empty sunscreen bottles and discarded containers. Event activities What activities are occurring that may produce waste? Are event partici- pants required to buy tickets for rides or are prizes given out to winners? Are event schedules or meal menus being distributed? Now that you know what you are dealing with, you can make an effective plan to reduce what you can and recycle and reuse the rest.

What are the benefits of Zero Waste?

Benefits of Zero Waste: Creating a product (compost) that can be used to grow healthy vegetables and food Meeting community expectations Making events marketable to sponsors Instilling positive change in vendors and attendees Reducing greenhouse gases Increasing environmental awareness Diverting recyclable and compostables from the landfill Reducing disposal costs *source: special event best practices guide, stop

What events can use Zero Waste?

Almost any event can benefit from using the Waste-Not Station. You will see them this year at the Farmer’s Market, music and other festivals, community events, parties, weddings and more. If you’ve got an event with waste, we’ve got the solution.

How do I book the Waste Not Station

The Waste Not Station is alive and ready for action. Just send us an email with all the details (location, date, time, hours, if your volunteers are peopling it or you want us to staff it – extra fees apply).

What sorts of things are compostable?

If it’s organic/food scraps, then we can compost it. We have a different set up than most backyard composters so peels are accepted. We would prefer no large chunks of meat (we can handle scraps) and definitely not bones. Your paper plates, cups and wraps can be composted even if they have grease on them. This is just more carbon for the compost pile. If it says compostable on it, we’ll take it.

How do I transport the Waste Not Station?

The Waste Not Station is being designed to fit in a trunk or back of a car. Returning the station you will need a truck or a roomer car to hold the compost from your event.

What if I would like someone from Groundswell at my event to manage the station?

It all depends on what you want. Generally there are two ways this works:

1) You pick up the station, and bring back the station and the compost back to us, and you have volunteers who will take care of the station. The station can fit in an SUV, truck or the back seat & trunk of a car.  The station comes with lids for the compost bins so you can seal it up. Cost of this is by donation,  we require a refundable deposit of $200 to cover any damages to the station. 100% refundable upon return of the station in good condition.

2) We set up, people the event for up to 5 hours, tear down and take the organic waste with us.  You manage the garbage (which we hope will be very little) and the recycling (that’s money in your pocket). Cost is $250 for 5 staffed hours. If your event has tickets, we will need tickets or entry for the event.   If the event is longer than 4 hours, please contact us for details.

Please note that this price just covers our cost of processing the materials. It takes knowledge, time and work to make waste into compost.

How does it work?

There are 2 ways this works: 1) You pick up and people the station 2) We set up/tear down,  and staff the event for up to four hours.