Party more and Waste less with HC3’s Zero Waste Party Pack!
HC3’s Zero Waste Party Pack provides everything you need to make your picnic, party, or gathering waste free! The Zero Waste Party Packs include compostable products such as plates, forks, knives, cups… and all the educational signage needed to make your event zero waste.
You’ll order your Party Pack, pick it up at HC3’s office, host your successful event, and deliver your compostable materials back to HC3 where they will be sent to the High Country Compost Facility. Don’t forget to recycle your recyclables at your curb or the nearest drop-off center. Voila, you’ve just thrown a waste free party!
For more information on our Zero Waste Supply or to place your order please call 970.668.5703 or email Jenny.
We also offer a Clear-Stream rental option which makes it easy for your guests to know where to throw their waste and how to keep the zero waste efforts going. A big thank you to The Summit Foundation and the Lenzmeier / Williams Advised Fund for a grant to purchase clear-stream containers for small and mid-sized zero waste events. The containers are easy to set up, take down, and transport making zero waste parties an option for everyone.
Zero Waste Event Guidelines
Summit County is striving to make its special events as green as possible, and we need your help to make it happen!
Help REDUCE waste before it starts:
- Avoid single serving condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayo, sugar etc) – instead opt for bulk containers.
- Please, no Styrofoam plates, cups, or containers. Styrofoam (#6) is not recyclable in Summit County. There are many alternatives to Styrofoam for both hot and cold applications which are cost competitive with non-recyclable Sytrofoam.
- Consider finger foods that don’t require utensils.
Choose products packaged in RECYCLABLE materials, such as:
- Aluminum Cans
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Bottles
At the EVENT, please help us to recycle and compost:
- Break down and flatten cardboard boxes and use designated recycling bins/locations.
- If you generate a large quantity of recyclables in food or beverage preparation at your booth, please ask an event coordinator if you can have a recycling a bin to place behind your booth.
- Please, please do not throw trash in our designated recycling bins! All trash and recycling bins are clearly marked as such.
- If your not sure where something goes- ask a volunteer in a green recycling shirt!
Where do I find these products?
You can find compostable products at the High Country Conservation Center office. Please check out the zero waste order form. Contact Jenny or call 970-668-5703 for more information or to place an order. Some products can be found at “regular” stores (like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, grocery stores, etc.) and are available through food service distributors like Sysco. The trick is to shop for recyclability and compostability, specify what you want, and avoid non-recyclable products, like Styrofoam. The Biodegradable Plastics Institute is also a great resource to find truly compostable products.
On the web, some sources are:
Guidelines for Zero Waste Events
FOOD SCRAPS ONLY. Acceptable Items
All containers including glass, aluminum, tin, and #1 and #2 plastics; cardboard and paperboard in side pockets; mixed paper, including newspaper, office paper, magazines, flyers, etc. in front pocket
Whatever else is left, but generally plastic cups and films (bags & wrap), styrofoam, & coffee cup lids.
Q: What happens to the compost?
A: The Summit County Government has started a large scale commercial composting program at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) and this material will be fed into that program and turned into great soil amendment.
Q: Do the “plastic” cups and cutlery compost in a backyard bin?
A: Theoretically they will, but it would take a very long time – they are designed for commercial composting facilities, in which they are first shredded and put in controlled conditions with high heat and moisture. To avoid this issue, be sure that you are only collecting food scraps for the compost bin.