Event waste management means different things to different events. It is our goal to offer event promoters and venue operators the tools and information they need to ensure that the materials generated by their event are handled in the most thoughtful and sustainable manner possible.
Willy, Shari and a rotating cast of crew and volunteers have been helping events manage their waste since the begining of the century. This extensive experience has given us a unique insite into the various issues that arise when trying to manage event waste in a thoughtful and sustainable manner.
We love events. Be it music, arts & crafts or sporting events Waste Free Oregon wants to be part of the scene ... the energy ... the experience. Events offer us a unique opportunity promote community and to educate that community in the ways of thoughtful and sustainable waste management. We also love to pull things out of the trash ... but that is another story.
Hands-On Event Services-This is the backbone of the Waste Free Oregon business model.
Waste Free Oregon is hired to protect events from throwing material into the landfill unnecessarily. We do that by looking at all the materials generated by an event then seperating out those materials that can be diverted from the landfill. By diverted I mean -- recycled, composted, reused ... re-anything but thrown in the landfill. The Eugene Marathon is one of our favorite events. Last year we managed to divert over 80% of the materials generated by the event. It takes time, planning and a huge amount of hard work to get past the 80% mark but even at first time events Waste Free Oregon can often achieve a 70% diversion. Different events require different approaches but in general we use a combination of education, seperation and sorting to achieve the desired results. We provide the following hands-on services:Pre-event: • Consult and coordinate with event staff regarding best practices in recycling for your event. Planning sessions will involve: event promoter, food vendors, site crew and local haulers.
During the event:• Set up and maintenance of public bin collection system throughout the event. At most of our events we employ the Clear Stream collection system with bins being provided by the County. This system has been in use for a number of years locally and is well received by the public.
Post Event:• Maintain post-event recycling presence – until all waste generators have left the event.
At Waste Free Oregon volunteer recruitment is a major priority. Along with our event partners we use volunteers to help control and sort materials and to help educate the public so they can make good recycling choices.
As we often mention; different events require different approaches. Volunteer needs and staffing levels vary as well but we almost always have two different volunteer positions at our events. Both jobs have the same mission; reducing waste and raising awareness. But the approach differs. Job descriptions are as follows:
This is the public face of our volunteer recycling effort. Kiosk attendants assist event particpants in making good recycling choices. Kiosks generally feature 3 bins with choices of recyclabeles, compostables or waste. Kiosk attendants help the public make and understand these choices and are generally stationed at individual kiosks. Essentially you are showing the public what a good recycling choice looks like.
At many of the events that contract with Waste Free Oregon the back of house sort station is the core of our function. It is here we look through all the material generated by an event and decide what to do with it. Some of it of course, is trash and will need to be taken to the landfill. But the vast majority of the material we find is recycable, compostable, returnable or reusable and it takes a bit of sorting to determine exactly which is which. This is where the sort assistant comes in ... truly our most valuable volunteer.
• Recycling Station Attendant.
• Materials Managment
• Set up, breakdown & clean-up
• Refundables Sort