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The 3Rs Of Going Green: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by admin

RecycleGoing green is becoming increasingly important to event planners. There is so much misinformation and venues covering themselves with a green veneer that an event planner could be forgiven for being a bit cynical about the whole process. This post lets you know what the actual fundaments are for a green event so you will really know what it is you should be aiming for.

Reducing Impact

If you think about it, the less you use; the less you damage the environment and thus the greener you are. That’s why the first R, reducing impact by reducing waste, is the best place to start. The largest waste producers of an event, and those to focus on, are generally conference materials, collateral, and food and beverage. By planning more and reducing the quantities produced in each of these areas, a planner can save money on the production, printing, shipping and hauling cost, food overage, and more.  Some practical ideas include: cutting the use of paper by going digital in every way, providing water fill stations instead of plastic water bottles and “buffet-style” food instead of box lunches.

Reuse what you do use

Anything that you reuse is likely to be of a much higher quality than what ends up in the trash. This means it may have some upfront costs but will probably be better in the long run in both the quality of materials your attendees experience and the amount that you must throw away. Some ways of doing this include, reusable badgeholders (make sure they get returned), reusable mugs and water holders, donating leftover food to food banks and using plants as centre pieces instead of flowers.

Recycling everything else

Recycling has become habit in many ways but there still so much more that can be done. The best practice currently is for a “single stream” service which allows attendees to put all recyclable materials in one bin that’s then sorted off-site. Here are some ways in which you can ensure you recycle: inform people about how to do it at your event,  ensure the venue provide recycle bins as well as regular trash and making sure any food not donated goes to compost.

When it comes to organizing green events ground transportation can pose a real challenge. If you need sustainable ground transportation in the New York and New York Metro area, MTC Limousine can make your worries disappear. With our efficient and comprehensive network of well trained staff and modern vehicle, we have a vast amount of experience of getting people to where they need to go.

We have the goal of driving a new transportation revolution in sustainable and environmentally aware transportation. If you need more from your providers of ground transportation we’d love to hear from you. Call us today to remove one more stress from your life.

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