I had no idea this resource was available from the City of Raleigh (and it’s FREE, TOO!), but you better believe I’ll be utilizing it as often as possible from here on out. I can’t tell you how many events I’ve been to lately where I’ve had an empty can or bottle and thought to myself “Well huh… there’s no where to recycle this here. Not cool!”
Going green may not be important to you, but I guarantee there are a lot of us out there who notice that it is not important to event hosts and hostesses, and that’s a lasting impression that no event planner or host/hostess wants to send their guests (and potential clients) home with.
Raleigh Recycling can assist you with recycling at your event by lending you recycling containers. ClearStream recycling containers are easy to transport, are clearly labeled, and the transparent bags make them a breeze to monitor materials being placed in the containers. Containers are available on a first come, first serve basis, so make your request early! A maximum of 23 recycling containers are available. If ten or more containers are checked out you may also check out a rolling cart to tranport them on. There are no rental fees, however, if the containers are damaged or not returned you will be billed. We may also be able to provide a recycling truck for collection and/or display and would be happy to have a display table to help educate event visitors.
Reducing waste is much better than recycling or disposing of it. From the start, think green! Let folks know from the very first advertising (flyer, ad, web, etc.) that recycling will be available and to look for it! At the event, use signage and if possible, loud speakers to remind visitors.
*What type of event is it?
*What types of food and beverages will be availalbe? What will they be served in/on? If there are choices, make sure to choose the ones that can be recycled!
*How many vendors will there be? Make your vendors aware that you expect them to recycle and want them to be as waste free as possible.
*Identify which materials can be recycled.
*How many event visitors?
*Do you have sufficient garbage cans? Who will monitor and collect?
*Do you have sufficient recycling containers (at least 1 next to every other garbage can!)? Who will monitor and collect? Our recycling containers are clear allowing the public to clearly see the bin is for recycling so less trash gets in – especially true if you do not have folks staying at each station to direct visitors to the proper container.
*Are the bins clearly labeled? Are you directing visitors to the correct containers? Make them convenient and visible.
*Have you considered composting any of the food waste?
To request ClearStream recycling containers for your event, go to the Related Links frame in the upper right hand corner of this page and click on ClearStream Sign Out Form. On the Publications page, select the document “Sign Out Clear Streams” in either .doc or .pdf format. Complete the form and return it to Raleigh Recycling.
For More Information Contact:
Linda A. Leighton
Waste Reduction Specialist
Solid Waste Services Department
400 West Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
This is such a great program from the City, be sure to contact Linda for any other waste reduction needs. I’ve exchanged many emails with her, she is fabulous! I think I may send her an email now too, to complement her department on this program.