Eco-Friendly Event Planning: Taking Care Of The Unwanted Bits

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Summer is the time for the most outdoor activities. However, even the best event can be overshadowed by the garbage it leaves behind. Even those that are the most eco-friendly can still generate enough debris to warrant major clean-up following the event. Since the average person can generate up to 4.3 pounds of trash per day, an event with even a few hundred people could see a lot of waste.

A festival, concert or charity marathon can attract more than 600,000 people. However, even one that has less than 100,000 patrons can generate in excess of 600 tons of trash. This means that the cleaning up process following the event is no easy matter and can have an effect on your reputation as an event planner for future events if it is not handled properly. So, here are a few things to consider in making sure that the only thing left back from your event is the fond memories generated there.

Proper disposal before and during

Before the event, you will need to analyze just how wide an area your event is set to cover and the number of persons expected for the duration of the event. This can give an indication of just how much trash you can expect and how many garbage bins, recycling bins and compost receptacles you will need to have to set up in the area. If you are planning an eco-friendly event then it is recommended that you use recyclable products as much as is possible and communicate this to the attendees and vendors who will be participating in the event.

During the event, you need to ensure that the receptacles are clearly labeled and remain so during the time. Providing free filtered water can also help to reduce the waste as less empty bottles will be there to get rid of. You would need to research the permits and regulations that govern your area for your event as well as the regulations of trash disposal. Since some places expect large events to submit a waste reduction plan, having this all sorted out could make that easier for you in the long run.

Following the event

Following the event, all the trash, compost as well as the items collected for recycling will have to be removed from the site. Since the largest concern is usually the food wastes, finding a center that will accept the compost may be another big project. Depending on which city you are in, the city or a private company can also be contacted to do the street cleaning following the event. Street sweeping removes the debris caused by normal human interaction that might track dirt, grass, trash, sediments and trace minerals from parks and lawns unto the road. These are a part of the effort to contain trash from going down into storm drains leading to water contamination.

Using a street sweeper through a certified company like USA Services of Florida could ensure that you would not need to engage the time of your friends and family in cleaning up the trash. Street sweeping equipment tends to be more thorough as they are designed to remove debris that humans would likely miss. Paying attention to these things can help to ensure that along with the success of the event itself, your reputation for event planning will be on its way.


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Pool House Parties: Building Your Backyard Escape

When I decided to turn my backyard into a pool and spa space, I wanted to have a pool house built. Adding a pool house would give me somewhere for everyone to shower and change without tracking pool water and dirt into the main house. I worked with a local contractor to construct a pool house with an outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers, and full indoor restroom facilities as well as a game room and changing rooms. I created this site to journal the process so that I could hopefully inspire others to do the same. I hope this site takes some of the mystery out of the construction process for you so you can build the backyard structure you've always wanted.