Organizing a special event in Philadelphia? Consider incorporating Zero Waste practices into your event planning. By taking actions to reduce your event’s waste, you will help Philadelphia move forward on its path toward becoming a more sustainable, Zero Waste city and can be recognized for your efforts through the Zero Waste Partners Program.
Large public events like festivals, parades, athletic events, and concerts attract and entertain Philadelphia’s visitors and residents, but these events also produce a significant amount of waste. Public events represent an opportunity to reduce waste while engaging both residents and some of Philadelphia’s 42 million annual visitors in the city’s Zero Waste efforts. The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet hopes to make Philadelphia the “Home of Zero Waste Events.”
The Cabinet, in conjunction with the Office of Special Events, has modified the City’s Special Events Permit to include a recycling mandate as well as recommendations for voluntarily implementing Zero Waste practices. Apply for a Philadelphia Special Events Permit.
As part of this program, the City is offering participating event organizers: