Special Event Recycling

Special Event Waste Diversion

As you plan your next community event and are thinking about making it “greener”, the Monterey Regional Waste Management District can support your efforts in waste reduction strategies, and waste diversion of recyclable and compostable materials.

Planning for Waste Reduction at your next Community Event

To help you be successful, the District can provide you with:

  • Information and technical assistance
  • Direct you to local resources for event and collection services
  • Loan Collection Containers for compostable and recyclable material
  • The convenience of a Buy Back Center (Hours and Pricing) for your CRV bottles and cans and a location for you to bring your collected compostable food scraps

Check out the Special Event Recycling Guide to help you with your planning. For more information contact the MRWMD Recycling and Public Education Staff.

Note: If you are having a large scale event and will need large collection containers for trash, compostables and recyclables you will want to coordinate with the franchise hauler that serves the area where your event will be held. They will provide containers and hauling services. For smaller events, you might want to consider self-haul directly to the MRWMD site.

Compost Collection

If you wish to divert food scraps from a special event, it is important to assure that all event vendors use certified compostable products (above) and if bagged, certified compostable bags. If you will be delivering the material yourself (self-hauling), bring a completed Food Scrap Compost Guidelines Form to submit at the MRWMD scales upon delivery. You will then be directed to the food scrap compost receiving area to unload your material.

Collection Containers

Based upon availability, the District loans to local organizations in the MRWMD service area*, special event collection containers for compostables and recyclables. Complete a request form, and/or contact district staff for additional information on compost collection at your event.



Special Event Recycling Guide

Food Scrap Compost Guidelines Form

Special Event Request Form

Buy Back Center Pricing and Hours Flyer

Disposal Brochure

Household Hazardous Waste Brochure


*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur