Catered events can generate a lot of waste. From catering platters and lids, to disposable plates and utensils, waste is inevitable. When planning any event, please consider the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
Instead of sending paper invitations, send emails and/or set up a website. If you must use paper invitations, print them on recycled content paper. For handouts and agendas, consider using recycled content paper with post-consumer content and identify the recycled content percentage on the handouts. Print and copy double-sided.
Attendees often times do not take the time to recycle items individually and then the whole mess gets trashed. Instead, opt for large platters of sandwiches and salads and make sure the containers get reused or recycled.
Request that beverages, condiments, and other items be provided in bulk instead of individually packaged. We can provide bulk beverage and you can supply your own reusable glassware. Use cloth napkins and table cloths or buy paper products made with recycled content. For a nominal fee we can offer biodegradable plates, utensils, and cups.
Rent dishes and silverware from us. Dishes do not have to be returned clean, just scraped free of food. On a return visit, we will pick up catering platters and lids and reuse them. Our catering operation recycles as much as possible, composting food scraps, reducing wasteful disposables, and donating leftovers to non-profit groups.
Recycle all the plastics in your local ‘cans and bottles’ bin, including catering platters and lids, plastic plates, and plastic utensils. These items do not have to be perfectly clean, just wipe or scrape them free of food and drop them in the bin.
When planning your event, consider your trash can and recycling bin needs. For additional recycling bins, please contact. Each trash bin should have a recycling bin next to it. Make it easy for your guests to recycle by identifying the recycling bin with a sign.
Bluegreen website for greening events and conferences:
EPA’s “Greening Your Meetings and Conferences” page: