Important Considerations for Event Planners
In addition to offering a full range of recycling services, Recool can also provide waste removal for all types of events.
All events must develop a recycling strategy. The City of Thunder Bay, through Recool Canada Inc. will provide events with a portable recycling depot trailer or 4 foot square bins for multi locations within the event site. A total of 10 bins are available at no charge to the event. The bins are for the collection of glass, number 1 & 2 plastics, pop cans and steel cans.
Contact Recool Canada Inc. at 577- 0411 to reserve the trailer and the number of bins you require. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
Careful planning of locations for refreshment booths and concession areas will pay off. Give consideration to the route recyclables will take, from purchase, to where they will be consumed and ultimately disposed of. Set up garbage containers and recycling bins in locations that will be convenient for visitors. The easier you make it, the higher the level of participation you will enjoy.
Place containers in areas that are highly visible. Strategic placement of signs and containers will encourage visitors to use the recycling option. Put colourful balloons on the signs.
If you have more garbage containers than recycling bins, indicate the location of the closest recycling station on each garbage bin.
Publicity for your event should include information on the importance of recycling and the availability of it at the event.
Plan to actively promote recycling at your event. Make banners or signs for the entrance gates. At a minimum, there should be garbage and recycling containers at all entrances exits and locations where food will be consumed.
Make sure everyone who is working at the event, including the volunteers, understand proper recycling procedures so they can act as information resources for the public.
Talk to the vendors who will be providing refreshments at the event. Encourage vendors to limit packaging or provide reusable containers where possible.
Bag liners for recycling bins are provided by Recool. Contact Recool to come and empty out the bins as required. If you event will run over several days, the coordinator can arrange with Recool for regular pick-up.
Arrange to have the bins delivered and set up the day prior to the event if possible. Make sure you have adequate signage identifying the location of recycling locations and types of recyclables you are collecting. Put signs up where food is being sold indicating which snack containers can be recycled at the event.
During the Event
Make regular announcements over the public address system reminding the public to recycle beverage and food containers.
After the Event
Thank donors, vendors, sponsors and volunteers and share the recycling and waste prevention results with them. Publicize your appreciation for recycling efforts in post-event media.
For advice, contact Recool Canada at (807) 577-0411