Event Resources

  1. Zero Waste Event Checklist – Learn how to host a successful zero waste event
  2. Recology Signage – Download and print color-coded signs to place above or on containers
  3. DIY Sign Maker – Customize your signage based on frequently used items, such as cups, utensils, and disposable containers
  4. Hire event Greeners – Hire recycling helpers and sorters to help out on the day of your event
  5. Zero Waste Event Training – Take a training with SF Environment and become zero waste-event certified
  6. Event vendors – Hydration stations, compostable service ware, leftover food donations, volunteer recruitment

City Recycling Ordinances


Sorting 101 for Special Events

  • Black bags for trash, clear/no bags for recycling, compostable bags for compost
  • Zero waste stations MUST be in a group of 3, 1 container for each commodity and they must be CLEARLY LABELED
  • Special event boxes are for STORAGE during the event only; MUST get emptied into carts/bins/debris boxes for service
  • There are lockable containers to avoid contamination/illegal dumping
  • Diversion program: City implemented a diversion discount to be in effect for events ordering service thru Recology; subject to clean loads coming back
  • Plastic cups/utensils/containers should be free from caked on food/liquid before ending up in recycling
  • Compostable items need to be clearly labeled as compost; biodegradable, eco-friendly, bioplastic, etc. not acceptable in compost program; should be BPI-certified compostable