Use All-Compostable Service Ware
To minimize landfill waste at your event, use all compostable cups, plates, and utensils. Bon Appetit will provide compostable serviceware for catered events if requested upon ordering. If working with another catering company, make sure to request compostable serviceware. Tips for talking to your caterer….
If you are providing your own serviceware for the event, compostable (NOT biodegradable) service ware can be ordered online through WashU Marketplace (search eco-products or eco-forward), or at Eco Products online. Napkins and paper towels can be assumed compostable regardless of their labeling.
Before purchasing your own service ware, click here to ensure the brands you’ve selected are on the list of certified products accepted by our local composting partner, St. Louis Composting. Products must meet ASTM 6400 OR ASTM 6868 standards. View this guide on compostable serviceware before purchasing or send it to your caterer.
Student groups may be eligible to receive compostable serviceware and/or compost service for free or at a reduced rate through an appeal to the Student Sustainability Board. Allow at least 3 weeks for events with over 400 people and at least 1 week for events with fewer than 400 people. More information…
Unless you hire a trained porter to manage the Green Waste Station, you are responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers for your event. We suggest 2-3 volunteers for each waste station. If the event is longer than 3 hours, consider organizing 2 or more shifts for volunteers. Build in some overlap between shifts when scheduling so that volunteers can pass off training and so that your waste stations are never empty.
The Office of Sustainability will provide a brief training session for volunteers prior to the event, as well as instructional materials for properly running a waste station. Email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance of the event to schedule a training session.
To communicate your waste message to event goers, place signage around the event. Print the resources below to help communicate the message at the event.