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What is a Reduced Waste Conference? Lola.com is doing it!

Lola.com is taking on the courageous task of hosting their Agile Operations Summit on November 6th, 2019 as a Reduced Waste Event. A Reduced Waste Event focuses on reducing as much waste as possible through planning, recycling, and education when achieving 90% waste diversion is not possible (that's the criteria for Zero Waste Conference). Wondering how to host your own Reduced Waste Event and follow after Lola.com’s environmentally conscious lead? We can help!

In order to pull off your own Reduced Waste Event, there are four main focus areas to think about: 1. Planning to minimize waste, 2. Food, 3. Transit, and 4.Miscellaneous items, such as ID badges and gift bags.


Planning your event is the most important part and the core to doing that is finding a venue that will work with your waste goals, including helping to facilitate the necessary waste removal services (i.e. compost, recycling, trash). In your planning process, you must determine what materials will be used at the event (reusable, recyclable, and compostable materials). Reusable is always the best option.


We recommend having waste, recycling, composting, and “I don’t know” bins. By making all these bins readily available to your guests, they are more likely to put their waste items in the correct bins. Training staff, proper signage, and having a ‘plan b’ are also very important aspects of your planning.


What’s next? Food and drinks of course! There is so much trash and recycling that can be generated from disposable cups, plates, and servingware, but if you plan right and source the proper materials, you should be fine. Some options include compostable (if you have the right bins), china, glassware, and Coffee Cup Collective!


Food and drink itself also produce a lot of waste. From beginning to end you want to make sure your food options are resulting in the least amount of waste and environmental impact. Sourcing from local vendors and companies decreases the carbon footprint on the frontside, while donating the extra food and composting scraps, decreases the amount of waste on the backend.



Transit to and from the event is harder to control because people could be coming from all over. It is a good idea to promote public transportation, walking, and biking if applicable for the attendees. These are the most sustainable (and smart!) ways to travel. You could also give incentives to people who utilize public transportation, biking, or walking, by giving their first drink free or another free gift. Get creative!


Lastly, there are going to be a variety of small things you can’t forget about because they make a big difference. ID badges are a difficult item to not just throw away. Some suggestions are to: 1. use reusable or reused materials for name tags, 2. collect the tags after the event for reuse, or 3. you could print them on recycled paper from the office. Another idea is to have people bring their business cards and clip them to their shirts. These cards are already printed by the attendees and they will not be throwing them out after use.


We hope that our reduced waste guidelines informed by the Zero and Reduced Waste Planning Guidelines from zerowasteneo can help with your reduced waste party planning! Come check out Lola.com and their reduced waste Agile Operations Summit on November 6th, 2019 in Boston at the award-winning EpiCenter at Artists for Humanity!


You can register HERE! Use Promo Code “alison” to get 25% off General Admission or VIP tickets.

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