Special Events Recycling

Free tools are available to help event planners offer recycling at their local events. Event Recycling provides collection receptacles, supplies, and information necessary to plan environmentally friendly events and meet the Washington State Recycling Law.

Organizations may borrow ClearStream recycling collection containers from the Equipment Lending Library. The recycling containers are designed to collect aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and plastic cups. Compostable containers allow for collection of food scraps and food-soiled paper.

Before the event:

Contact Event Recycling to reserve your equipment – at least two weeks in advance is suggested. Staff is also available for tips on creating a recycling program, planning checklists, and signage templates.

Determine ahead of time where your collected recyclables will go and how the materials will be hauled. Recyclables can be sorted and taken to one of the three transfer stations (see the Disposal page for more information). You may also place mixed recyclables in your Big Blue single stream recycling cart. For larger events, make arrangements with your hauler.

The steps to recycling at your event:

  1. Pick up the requested number of containers, along with training materials, bags and recycling information.
  2. Place containers at your event. To get good clean recycling, the container must be placed next to a garbage can. That minimizes the contamination in your recyclables.
  3. Monitor the containers during your event – your garbage crew can also check the recycling bins. Because more people will be recycling, the garbage containers will not fill up as fast.

At the end of the event

  1. Repack ClearStream containers and return them per instructions that will be provided to you.
  2. Make sure your recyclables get recycled.
  3. Complete the Evaluation Form (PDF 266 KB)

Related Links

  • Event Recycling: Find out about Washington State's law that requires Event Recycling and additional Event Recycling tips.
  • Clear Stream Recycling: Check out additional information on the ClearStream system.

Request Event Recycling Containers

Solid Waste Disposal Department
2900 S Geiger Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99224

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