Eco-Cycle's Large Zero Waste Event Services are designed for large-scale events of at least 1000 people, such as town festivals. We primarily serve events in Boulder county but also in neighboring counties including Denver. Hosting a Zero Waste event is a fantastic opportunity to educate the public about Zero Waste and to demonstrate your commitment to a sustainable future.
A Zero Waste event is not accomplished by merely adding recycling and compost bins. The key to a Zero Waste event is careful planning so that all materials used and discarded are reusable, recyclable, and compostable. By incorporating Zero Waste into the beginning stages of your event, it becomes quite easy to achieve this fundamental change in resource consumption. Since no trash is distributed at the event, trash cans can be removed and replaced with Zero Waste stations, which consist of a recycling and a compost container. Zero Waste events are also educational opportunities where attendees can experience a microcosm of a world without waste.
It is imperative to commit to making an event Zero Waste early in the planning process. All vendors and event participants distributing materials must participate in Zero Waste. Eco-Cycle will provide a sample contract that must be included in all event application materials and returned by all vendors. This advance planning ensures that only recyclable and compostable materials will be distributed at your event. Eco-Cycle staff is available to consult with event planners for ease in Zero Waste event planning.
Becoming a Zero Waste event requires a financial commitment as well. The average cost for full Eco-Cycle Zero Waste Event Services ranges from $800 - $1,200 for a one-day, large-scale festival.
On event day, Eco-Cycle will provide Zero Waste stations throughout the event for public use, as well as private Zero Waste stations for vendor use. We generally provide collection of recyclables and compostable materials. Event organizers typically provide service for any trash generated during the event. These details are negotiable.
After the event, Eco-Cycle will provide event planners with a diversion rate--the percentage of materials that were recycled or composted instead of landfilled. Boulder County events have diverted as much as 98% of event discards. We will also provide a template letter to the editor you can use to help draw attention to the commitment and success of your Zero Waste event.
If you are an event planner interested in Zero Waste, please complete our Zero Waste Event interest form. You will hear back from Eco-Cycle within three business days.