The City of Palo Alto requires that all special events to practice waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting measures. This page has information, tools and resources to help event organizers plan a Zero Waste event and comply with the City’s requirements.
Recycle, compost, and landfill (garbage) collection service can be ordered by contacting GreenWaste of Palo Alto at 650-493-4894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GreenWaste Environmental Outreach Coordinators (EOCs) are available to assist you, at no additional cost. Assistance includes:
Note: Some events may be eligible to use their own containers instead of ordering Special Event service from GreenWaste of Palo Alto. Alternate containers are acceptable as long as waste stations adhere to the Waste Station Guidelines laid out below.
Arrange to have a person monitor each waste station during the event to assist in educating attendees on what materials go in each container. This will help ensure the event is compliant with the City’s Recycling and Composting Ordinance.
There are multiple agencies that can assist your event with monitoring waste stations. A local organization is listed below.
The Palo Alto Downtown Streets Team (DST) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is a transitional program that teaches participants successful work habits with the goal of re-entering the workforce and building self-esteem. They currently have contracts with the City of Palo Alto to assist with cleanliness and maintenance of the downtown area and soccer fields. For more information regarding costs and how DST might be able to help, call (650) 897-HELP (4357).
The listing above is an example of a vendor that can assist you with waste station monitoring. It does not imply endorsement by the City of Palo Alto.
Special event permits are issued by the Palo Alto Police Department. Visit the Special Event Permit Application page for more information.
Download the Zero Waste Event Requirements & Guidelines(PDF, 200KB)
Last updated on September 29, 2021