What is a Zero Waste Event?
The Zero Waste Events intern team provides free personalized event consultation services to help faculty and staff event planners successfully reduce event waste, including composting. We provide guidance on:
- Working with vendors and purchasing event materials
- Setting up waste disposal locations
- Structuring events to make the disposal process run smoothly for attendees
- Tracking the impact of the event
Requesting a Consultation
To schedule a consultation or ask any questions you may have about hosting a zero waste event, reach out to RecoveryInterns@austin.utexas.edu at least two weeks in advance of your event.
Staff and faculty event planners who would like to compost at their event are required to attend a training beforehand.
The Campus Environmental Center's Green Events team provides similar free event consultation services for student organizations. Visit Green Events for more information.
Benefits of Zero Waste Events
Observation of campus events reveals opportunities for major and smaller events to be held under zero waste practices. Events are a great way to create lasting "Guest Impressions" when attendees interact with zero waste on campus and deepen their understanding of proper waste disposal as well as contribute to UT's zero waste goal.
ZWEco Supply Store
Resource Recovery’s student intern-supported ZWEco Supply Store offers a one-stop shop for staff and faculty event planners to purchase certified compostable serviceware and request compost bins or zero waste staffing for on-campus events. Orders can be made through the online Event Planning Request Form two or more weeks in advance of your event. If you are looking to order compostable serviceware in quantities of 500 or more, please email our team directly. We encourage you to schedule a consultation if you have any questions or concerns about utilizing these materials!
UT Catering and Food Vendor Sustainability Database
The UT Catering and Food Vendor Sustainability Database provides UT-Austin meeting and event planners with information on the sustainability attributes of local food vendors. All information in the database was self-reported by the food vendors, and information will be updated annually. If you are a local food vendor and would like to be included in this database or if your business's information needs to be updated, please contact email@example.com. This resource was developed through the collaborative effort of the Office of Sustainability, the Staff Council Sustainability Committee, and Resource Recovery.