Zero Waste Washtenaw

Zero Waste Washtenaw assists local events with minimizing their environmental footprint by reducing event waste.  

We provide consulting support in advance of events and waste collection stations for events to use.  

Event organizers work with event partners to reduce the event's waste and manage the recyclable and compostable collection during the event. 

With the support of this program and a little planning, your event can achieve zero waste and inspire attendees to begin their zero waste journey. 

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How to Get Started

  • Select a "zero waste event lead" that will be responsible for the zero waste effort during the event.
  • Fill out this form at least 6 weeks in advance of your event. This will allow adequate time for planning and ensure we have supplies available.  
  • Prior to your consultation: 

Washtenaw County Will:

Event Planners Will:

  • Assess the Zero Waste Event Request Form and provide recommendations to the event planner on how to reduce waste and collect recyclables and compostables.  
  • Provide resources and assistance with volunteer information, food vendor guidelines, and more.   
  • Provide zero waste stations. Stations are equipped with signage and bags for the recyclables and compostables.
  • Provide references and guidance on outlets for compost after the event. 

  • Provide a scale and metrics recording sheet.  

    Three volunteers monitoring a zero waste station.

  • Work with event partners and vendors to minimize waste and use locally recyclable and compostable items. Use the Zero Waste Event Vendor Guidelines.
  • Coordinate volunteers for each zero waste station to assist event attendees with proper waste sorting. This will minimize contamination and maximize recovery. 

  • Weigh trash, recyclables, and compostables with the provided scale and record weights on the provided datasheet.

  • Coordinate a way to dispose of recyclables after the event. 

  • Coordinate a way to dispose of compostables after the event. Washtenaw County may be able to assist with compostables after an event depending on the volume. Please indicate in your zero waste event inquiry on the form below if you need assistance.

Zero Waste Event Request Form

  1. Please complete this form at least 6 weeks before your event.
  2. Event Planner Contact Information
  3. Event Information
  4. Please provide an aerial view of the location. This helps us determine the footprint of your event and make a better recommendation on the number of zero waste stations.

  5. Will food and/or drinks be sold or served?*
  6. For example BPI-certified compostable plates or glassware, BPI-certified compostable cutlery or metal cutlery, chip bags, napkins, plastic sauce cups, etc. 

  7. What will drinks be served in?

    check all that apply

  8. Will vendors be providing the food or drink?*
  9. Will you be using BPI-certified compostable service ware?*

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  10. i.e party favors, gift bags, take-home containers, etc. 

  11. Post-Event Waste Considerations
  12. How will you be handling landfill materials after the event?*
  13. How will you be handling recyclable materials after the event?*
  14. How will you be handling compostable materials after the event?*
  15. You may be eligible for a sponsorship to assist with the event’s compost hauling cost. Depending on the available budget, Washtenaw County will support  $400 worth of funding or 50%, whichever is more, with a maximum of $700. 

  16. Feel free to ask questions or provide more detail on items you want to address in your event plan. 

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  18. This field is not part of the form submission.