Tourism Recycling Topics
Zero Waste Topics
- Business Waste Assessment
- Clean Beaches Coalition
- Green Business Program
- Home Composting Program
- Tourism Recycling
- Multifamily Recycling
To increase recycling opportunities throughout the Monterey Bay Area, Ecology Action catalyzed a regional partnership of local waste reduction and recycling agenciesand haulers to establish the Monterey Bay Area Regional Tourism Recycling & Litter Abatement Project. This project implemented convenient and consistent recycling program services at locations serving tourists, including: bars and restaurants, entertainment and hospitality venues, conference centers, hotels, racetrack recreation areas, parks and community events. The program was funded with local match contributions and two CalRecycle Beverage Container Recycling grants.
From 2008-2011 Ecology Action and program partners provided recycling assistance for 80 special events throughout the Monterey Bay Area, as well as76 bars, restaurants and hotels in Monterey County. The program provided trainingfor 1,750 staff on use of13,000 recycling bins distributed through the program. Training and infrastructure support helped tourism venues and businesses divert from the landfill 601 tons of waste. Diversion rates for events and businesses were very significant. For example, the Big Sur Marathonincreased its diversion rate to 92%.
Resources Available for Agencies or Businesses
Special Event Recycling Resource Kit: Free step-by-step guide shows event planners and venue managers how easy it is to implement recycling programs. Also included are specific links to local resources for materials and technical assistance.
Mobile Special Event Recycling Unit: For special events that are located in a public space or not in a typical event venue, a mobile event recycling unit was provided to Monterey and Santa Cruz County. The unit includes portable clear stream bins, liners, signage, vestsand other supplies and tools. They are available for checkout for local events. Agency staff can provide more information about the units.
Monterey Regional Waste Management District (MRWMD): (831) 384-5313
City of Santa Cruz: (831) 420-5424
Business Recycling Resource Kit: Free step-by-step guide shows businesses how easy it is to implement business recycling programs, including simple tips to ensure project success.