San Francisco Department of the Environment

Mandatory Zero Waste Event Training

San Francisco event producers are required to attend a free zero waste event training.

This workshop will cover the Mandatory Composting and Recycling Ordinance and the Bottled Water and Packaged Free Ordinance. Learn how to comply with zero waste event requirements, introduce reusables at your events and network with other event producers & vendors!

Each attendee will receive a certificate so everyone must RSVP. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Event producers, caterers, clean-up crews, and other vendors
  • Applicants of street closure permits with Department of Parking and Traffic
  • Applicants of facility use permits with the Recreation and Park Department or any other city department

Concepts covered include:

  • Mandatory Composting and Recycling requirements
  • Event food ware, packaged water, and hydration stations,
  • Recology event services and debris box rentals
  • Separation compliance (Sorting and contamination protocols)
  • Event greening services
  • Food waste reduction and food recovery at events
  • Discussion on single-use and reusables at events
  • NEW! Implementation of the 10% reusable cup requirement (Effective 2020)
  • Zero Waste Resources for Event Producers

**This training is required for all event producers applying for permits through SF Recreation and Parks Department, Port of SF, SFMTA or any other City of San Francisco agency. Event producers wanting to know how to comply with SF legislation related to events are also invited.

All attendees will receive a Zero Waste Event Certification. Networking opportunities following the training.

Contact the Zero Waste team or call (415) 355-3700 for more information.



Additional Resources
Can I create my own recycling and composting signs?
Zero Waste Checklist for Events 
Restroom Paper Towel Compost Sticker (PDF)
Approved Recyclable and Compostable Food Service Ware (PDF)

Please contact the Zero Waste team or call (415) 355-3700 for more information.

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