Climate Change and Sustainability Initiative
County Zero-Waste Events
Skagit County Zero-Waste
Events is a comprehensive program facilitating recycling, composting
and waste reduction at public and private events.
Our program offers:
certification and promotion
borrowing of portable waste bins and signs
events include conventions, festivals, sporting events, farmers markets,
expos, fairs, galas, family reunions, church functions, weddings, meetings,
is a Zero-Waste Event?
A Zero-Waste Event is a
public or private event that meets the criteria for either our silver
or gold certification levels for waste reduction. When you register
your event with us, you become eligible to display one of our logos
on your promotional materials to help promote your green event.
SILVER Zero-Waste Events use
waste reduction techniques, offer recycle bins, and incentivize
vendor composting for food prep scraps.
GOLD Zero-Waste Events
add food scrap collection, controls on vendor or organizer-supplied
utensils and packaging, and grease collection.
may borrow ClearStream folding recycle bins to collect recyclables or
compostables at their events. Silver events may borrow our dual recycle-landfill
waste stations with mini billboard signage, while gold events can borrow
our triple recycle-compost-landfill waste stations with larger billboard
Waste Bin Transportation
Smaller events can pick up bins in the back of a carthe
ClearStream folding frames and nesting lids make them easy to
transport. Youre responsible for setup and returning bins
to our Mount Vernon offices at the agreed return time, usually
the next business day.
Larger events receive free delivery of a cargo trailer with
all the appropriate bins and bin carts for deploying bins across
your event. Youre responsible for setup and returning
bins to the trailer.
should I make my event Zero-Waste?
- Its the law. RCW 70.93.093 requires
at official gatherings and sports facilities.
- It reduces global warming.
Nearly 80% of waste from public events is food waste, which releases
significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as it decomposes
in a landfill. Learn more about the environmental costs of organics
- It saves money.
In 2009, the
Anacortes Arts Festival cut their garbage bill in half, from $6,000 to $3,000, through
participation in the Zero-Waste Events pilot program. Additionally,
the Festival avoided a $5,000 fine for improper grease disposal by
providing grease collection drums for biodiesel production.
- It promotes your event! You can display our Zero-Waste Event gold or silver logos on
your promotional materials.
do I get started?
us a call! Call our Zero-Waste Events staff at (360) 424-7817 or email email@example.com with your phone number and a convenient time to call. We'll talk you through
registration with our program, reservation of recycling bin borrowing,
and answer any questions you have.
- Our own Guide
to Hosting a Zero-Waste Event (we'll also mail you a copy
of this after you call us to register your event), which explains
how to get started, includes tips, and checklists, and additional
resources and supplies
Vendor Letter to send to any food vendors at your event to
ensure your event meets our packaging requirements