Welcome to Zero-Waste Events
The way to look towards the future is to realize that we must cut back on our waste. The Earth is a finite body that floats in space; she has limited resources, and limited land. In this time and age, zero-waste programs are necessary to work towards reducing our impact and improving our lifestyles through environmental responsibility.
The Zero-Waste Events chapter of WRRAP is aimed at reducing HSU's waste production by making events zero-waste. What does zero-waste mean? Zero-waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. To make events zero-waste, the Zero-Waste Coordinator collaborates with the event organizer and HSU Dining Services to rent out reusable place settings. This way, disposable items such as cups, plates, bowls, and utensils, will be diverted from the waste stream and the reusable items will be returned to HSU Dining Services to be used at other events!
The success of the Zero-Waste program relies largely on event organizers contacting the Zero-Waste Coordinator or WRRAP before the event.
Making an event zero-waste is a relatively simple process: email the Zero-Waste Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out the Zero-Waste Event request. This includes what kind of food will be served, how many people, time and location, and whether you want the reusable items to be delivered or picked up. That's it! Reusable place settings can be rented for events hosting up to 250 attendees, depending on the day of week.
Some events that succeed in being zero-waste are the International Cultural Festival, the Future of your Professions, and many other club events. WRRAP also works HSU Take Back the Tap to make events bottle free, such as the Career Expo, Big Time and various performances put on by AS Presents.
Volunteers are always needed for Zero-Waste Events. There are many duties like helping people understand what can be composted and ways to cut back on waste, like take the plastic utensils with you and keeping them in your backpack to use at another event! If you are interested we would love to hear from you.
- Help organizers of on-campus food events with trash reduction
- Meet and encourage Dining Services to incorporate Zero-Waste policy
- Attend Zero-Waste Events and assist in compost collection