Zero Waste Event Service

Zero Waste Volunteer Station

Are you part of a Zero Waste Event? Review the Zero Waste Guidelines for exhibitors and food vendors. 

Our Zero Waste Special Event Program contracts with local large-scale festivals and smaller private events to maximize the amount of materials reduced, reused, composted, and recycled at an event to minimize (and eventually eliminate) the overall landfill waste produced.

Zero Waste Event Services

Event services included in the event fee(s) are variable per event type, but typically include:

  • Pre-event consulting
  • Vendor coordination and education
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Rental of Zero Waste disposal stations (see image above for a zero waste station)
  • Staff on-site throughout the event
  • Disposal of event waste
  • Post-event report
  • Social media recognition

If possible, it is highy recommended to contact us at least 3 months prior to your event to secure a pre-event quote and services. The ability to host your event is fully dependent upon available rental stations, staff, and volunteers for your needed date and time.

As of 2015, we have partnered with Washtenaw County to form Zero Waste Washtenaw.  Review our "How-to Guide to Achieve Zero Waste at Your Event (PDF)by working with us!


Hosting a private event? 

Download our Guide to Make Your Party Zero Waste for tips to reduce waste at your next gathering and information about renting zero waste stations from Recycle Ann Arbor.


Annual Event Partners

  • City of Ann Arbor's Earth Day Festival
  • City of Ann Arbor's Mayor's Green Fair
  • Leslie Science and Nature Center's MayFly Fundraiser
  • Lawton Elementary School
  • Rudolf Steiner Schools

Join Our Zero Waste Team

Zero Waste Volunteers

Zero Waste Events rely on the help of volunteers to educate event patrons and avoid contamination in the recycle and compost collection bins. Volunteers on the Zero Waste Team oversee a three-bin Zero Waste Station (one large compost bin, one large recycle bin, one small trash bin) to guide event patrons on which bin to place their materials in. This helps us spread awareness on the vast amount of our "waste" that can really be diverted from the landfill through composting and recycling. 

Volunteers will be trained on-site at the event before they are placed at a Zero Waste Station.



We are not currently recruiting volunteers for any zero waste events. If you are interested in volunteering at a zero waste event in the future, please contact Thank you!