Zero Waste Events

If your department or unit would like to hold a Zero-Waste Event, you MUST review the Zero-Waste Event Guide and fill out a Zero-Waste Event Request Form.

Zero Waste means all materials are reused, recycled, or composted, resulting in no waste being sent to the landfill or incinerator. Zero Waste also means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

In order to host an official Recycling program Zero Waste Event you must fill out the request form at least a week in advance. Holding a Zero Waste event requires effort and adaquate knowledge about event procedure, materials, and how to sort them properly. This effort is integral to making a difference, and every successful Zero Waste Event is a step in the right direction.


* Request form must be completed AT LEAST one week before event date 
* Event must collect 50 meals or more (can be divided over 2 or more mealtimes) 
* ABSOLUTELY NO non-compostable or non-recyclable material at event 
* A menu or caterer name must be provided

For Your Event: Acceptable Compostable Dining Materials

Choosing compostable dining ware can be difficult when many products are boasted as eco-friendly and plant based. Note that biodegradable DOES NOT neccessarily mean commercially compostable. The Recycling Program will only accept products certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. U Market stocks some, and more products can be purchased from local stores or at online retailers like Amazon. 

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To aid you in your purchasing desicions, we have come up with some helpful links to the acceptable compostable products. 

U Market - Search for 'compostable' in the search box to view the acceptable dining ware.

BPI's Product Catalog - Their catalog has a compiled list of all certified products and the links to the products' home pages. 

We encourage you to call or email with any questions you might have about acceptable materials. 

Caterer's for Zero-Waste Events

Here is a list of caterer's that are able to accomodate Zero-Waste Events. We encourage you to be explicit in detailing what your event needs, what wares will be present in your Zero Waste Event form, and if the caterer will provide full service in collecting and removing the organics from site or if you will need a bin and servicing from the Recycling Program.


Recycling Hotline: 612-625-8084

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