Central Oregon is filled with fun events every weekend, but let’s face it, all those events create a lot of waste. Event organizers can reduce a lot of waste from the get-go with some extra planning and forethought, and we’re here to help you.
Ready for a Zero Waste Event? Here’s what you need to know.
Cascade Disposal and Republic Services both have commercial composting options. Reach out to them for more information!
If it’s a small event, consider your personal yard debris bin, which now accepts all wasted food.
NOTE ON COMPOSTABLE FOODWARE: Household yard debris bins do NOT accept compostables. Check with your garbage service provider for more information about commercial composting service regarding compostable food ware.
The topic of compostable cups, plates, and utensils is complicated. While it sounds like a great idea, the truth is that through lifecycle analysis, we find that compostable foodware has a much larger footprint than traditional plastics. Additionally, while plant-based, this material is ONLY compostable in a specific environment, which makes it confusing. Especially since a plastic cup and a compostable plastic cup are often virtually identical. Especially after a few beers.
We at The Environmental Center strongly encourage you to find a way to use reusable rather than to buy disposable.
For more information about compostables, check out this thorough report from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.