California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Venues and Events: Reducing Waste

Owners/Operators

Do you own, manage, or oversee waste management at a venue facility, such as a stadium, convention center, or amusement park? Are you the promoter or manager of an event such as a food festival or cultural celebration? If so, have you ever considered the impact of the waste generated at your venue or event and the associated costs?

State law mandates large venues and large events, as defined in Public Resources Code Sections 42648 (b) and (c), to plan and implement waste reduction programs. Also included are requirements for specified venues and events to report waste diversion information to the local jurisdiction in which they are located. However, many venues and events strive to reduce their waste simply to increase profits. In addition, many venues and events realize that taking a leadership role in environmental programs, such as waste reduction, is regarded more favorably by customers, employees, and the surrounding community. Venues and events that visibly act to reduce waste can motivate patrons and other businesses to do the same.

Policies. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Review examples of policies adopted by other venues and events. Up front adoption of policies requiring participation in your waste reduction program ensures that waste reduction best practices are adhered to by those you do business with such as vendors and concessionaires.

Planning and Implementation. Tools and tips help you select programs and develop and implement a waste diversion plan. A step-by-step guide is available to lead you through the process.

Waste Analysis. Review definitions for materials, learn how to sample your waste to determine what materials can be successfully recycled, and download forms for recording the data.

Publicity. You’ve done all the work, now get the publicity you deserve. We'll get you started with information on sharing your success with your host city and the public and awards for which you may qualify.

Venues and Events Home

Last updated: July 10, 2007
Venues and Events: Reducing Waste, http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Venues/
Christopher Bria: Christopher.Bria@CalRecycle.ca.gov (916) 324-3560