Events are a great way to make a lasting impression on guests, but they also end up producing a lot of unnecessary waste. With a bit of planning you can make your event live on in people’s minds and out of the landfill.
Here are a few tips to help you make a positive impact for your guests and the planet! Whether it is a large event or a backyard BBQ, here are a few things to consider when planning to green your upcoming event:
1. Let your guests know you’re throwing a green event & invite attendees to be green
When inviting your guests, let them know it is a green event beforehand and help them to make green choices before they even arrive.
- Advertise that you are striving for a Zero-Waste event and list some actions your attendees can take and what you as the event host are doing to make that happen. We`re all doing our part!
- Provide incentives for taking a sustainable mode of transportation. You can award prizes for walking, busing, biking or carpooling to your event – a little incentive goes a long way! You could enter people into a door prize if they utilized sustainable transportation, or offer a discount if it is a paid entry event.
- If your event attracts people who enjoy bright-shiny-glowy-things – *ahem* glow sticks – consider sharing messaging about the negative impact these party favors have on the planet after the glow wears off. Point your guests to green options they can order in advance like solar powered lights, flash lights, battery powered blinking lights, fairy lights, LED lights, etc. More information about glow sticks here.
2. Reduce waste
Ask that people BYO Mug/Bag/Cup to help cut down on single-use cups, bags and containers.
- Supply reusable cups for your guests to use.
- Go bottle water free at your event.
- Provide recycling and compost containers for your guests so that if there is waste, it does not end up in the landfill.
- Remember to take your beer bottle empties to any beer store for cash $ – or you can bring them to a recycling depot near you.
3. Order Compostable containers
One of the classic event culprits is that so many singe-use, disposable containers end up in the landfill and stay there for years. Styrofoam takes centuries to decompose in landfill and is made out of fossil fuel products. Many paper cups also have a plastic or waxy coating that makes it unable to be recycled or composted. To reduce the impact on the environment, consider ordering compostable beverage containers from Canada Green. They are based in Winnipeg and offer a wide range of compostable items like beer cups, take-out containers, cutlery and hot/cold cups.
3. Arrange for Compost bins to collect organics
Learn more about our compost collection with Green Action Centre`s Compost Winnipeg here: https://www.compostwinnipeg.ca/
In addition to getting the compostable cups, you`ll want to have a place for people to compost them! Otherwise, they end up in the landfill. Organics (and compost containers) thrown in the trash end up in the landfill and do not get the aerobic process needed to reduce greenhouse gases during their decomposition. Organics in the landfill generate harmful greenhouse gasses. To reduce the emissions made from your organics and compostable items, place them all in a marked compostable bag to be disposed of correctly. You’ll want to clearly label and place compost bins right next to the garbage and recycling options to make it easy for your guests to identify. To make sure your organics are going to the right place, you can order compost bins as weekly home or office pickup from our very own Compost Winnipeg!
4. Supply Bike Parking for your Event
People often choose not to bike to events because they are worried their bike will be stolen or vandalized. We recommend a few options for you to supply great bike safety and promote the culture of cycling for your upcoming event:
- DIY: Build your own bike rack in your front or backyard! Click here for a few ideas to get you started.
- Bike Valet Bike Parking Services in Winnipeg
- Bike Valet supplies all of the equipment and staff to supply protected bike parking for your event. Fees vary depending on the number of bicycles anticipated and the number of hours required.
- Contact them at info@BicycleValetWinnipeg.ca to find out more or you can visit their website for more information: http://bicyclevaletwinnipeg.ca/