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Being ‘Event Smart’ About Waste

After producing events for 26 years, Bright Ideas Events plans for recycling and waste removal at events just as we plan for other event elements such as food, beverages, entertainment, activities, etc.

When you host a special event in this day and age, people take notice of how you handle your waste. It’s no longer good enough to dump it all into one big bag destined for the landfill.

So, if you are going to talk ‘green’ in your company mission statement, you should demonstrate that commitment at corporate special events. Your guests will notice.

Contrary to what many people believe, ‘sustainable’ doesn’t automatically mean more expensive, especially with special events. Less waste can also mean more savings. Bright Ideas’ approach to eco-conscious events offers our clients a wide variety of options to make their event as earth-friendly as possible.

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We usually start by ensuring we divert as much waste as possible from landfills – recycling, composting, and finding alternatives to disposable items. Working with our vendors, we source eco-friendly food service ware, packaging and flatware. Through the use of electronic communications such as an event website, online promotion, invitations and registration we are able to reduce paper use. Bright Ideas can also assist with the purchase of carbon offsets if desired and can prepare cost-savings and environmental footprint reports, so that the benefits of going green can be measured.

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Next, make sure your next event has suitable waste separation and recycling bins to cut down on garbage, and consider some of the latest enviro-friendly event activities.

You can offer activities such as Bright Ideas’ Green Gardening Picnic, or create a team-building exercise by having groups of employees compete to collect the most trash in a shoreline clean-up, as part of a your next company beach BBQ.

Cloth gift bags are another great place to think green and encourage recycling and waste collection. You can start with reusable gift bags and then ensure they are filled with suitable low-impact gifts. Make sure your company reflects the eco-conscious principles that have become an important part of any company’s brand.

Bright Ideas can suggest a number of options to make your next event a sustainable celebration. Being green doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fashionable to be sustainable at your next event and offer the cute environmentally friendly bag to the right as a giveaway!

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Above all, we believe that sustainable options should be a choice… and a smart one at that. That’s why we try to focus on those environmental initiatives that deliver real world benefits rather than just green-tinted window dressing. For an excellent overview of the various ways you can minimize the environmental impacts of your next special event, the M J Church Event Waste Management has a wealth of information and suggestions for events both large and small.

If you would like assistance with an eco-responsible event, or need more information before choosing a sustainable special event, please contact us or take advantage of our easy-to-use quote request form.

We’d love to help you find the best ways to incorporate sustainability and waste management into your next special event!

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