The Town of Truckee has a new special events policy that requires event organizers to submit a waste reduction plan as part of their application.

Every special event must provide two-stream waste stations with garbage and recycling. Events with over 2,000 attendees a day that serve food must also provide a composting bin at each waste station. 

Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal provides waste stations for all events. Coordinate delivery and removal of waste stations by calling TTSD at (530) 583-7800.

Large events serving food must also provide waste monitors at each three-stream waste station. Waste monitors help attendees sort their waste correctly to prevent contamination. Reach out to the Recycling Division at to learn more. 

Learn more about the new special event policy on the Town’s website and in the Sustainable Event Toolkit

All sorts of special events, from weddings to festivals to company meetings, can produce large amounts of trash. Sustainability can become an afterthought for busy organizers. But besides being the right thing to do for the earth, “greening” an event is usually appreciated by guests and can even boost attendance. Here are some tips for planning a sustainable event: 

Food and Tableware


  • Carefully plan your shopping list to avoid creating excess food waste. Try using the NRDC’s Guest-Imator, a dinner party calculator, for food and beverage portion guidelines.
  • Serve healthy, local foods buffet-style and avoid catered “bag lunches” with individually packaged foods. Offer finger foods if you want to skip the use of plates altogether.
  • Provide drinks in large carafes and use bulk dispensers for condiments like salt and pepper or cream and sugar.
  • Serve food and beverages with reusable tablecloths, napkins, serving dishes, plates, cups and cutlery, or rent items from a party supply store.
  • Use gourds, flowers, lemons, pine cones or other natural objects as table centerpieces that are biodegradable and can be reused or donated afterward. Check out Pinterest for more ideas.



  • If you do print, choose paper that is made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled content and print double-sided.
  • Forego name tags altogether or choose reusable name badge holders and ask guests to return them to you at the end of the event.