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Special Event Recycling (Single day)

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    Every year, there are numerous fairs and festivals coordinated by area organizations, businesses and schools. If you have large events, multiple day events or many events over the course of a season or throughout the year, you will need to contact a local company to discuss your recycling options.  CVWMA does not provide event recycling/or event recycling containers for medium to large venues or private events such as weddings.

    For ALL events that take place in the City of Richmond: Event Recycling containers are available for loan through the Clean City Commission. Read City of Richmond Event Recycling Guidelines and Download Request form here. To reserve your containers, please contact Darlene Mallory.
    For ALL events that take place in Chesterfield County with a County department or school as a event partner: Event Recycling containers are available for loan through the Chesterfield County Department of General Services- Waste and Resource Recovery Division, Virginia Waste Services (VWS), and County Waste.  To reserve your containers, please contact Jeff T. Howard (Chesterfield County) at (804) 748-1296.
    The Goochland Anti Litter & Recycling Council (GARC) offers Event Recycling Containers for loan through GARC. Contact Leigh Dunn (804) 556-5850 or email ldunn@co.goochland.va.us  at for more information.
    City of Petersburg (Please contact Container First Services directly for this type of recycling)
     Tidewater Fibre Corporation (TFC), offers event recycling containers for single day, small to moderate sized events held within CVWMA Curbside Recycling member jurisdictions on a first come, first serve basis. If the interested group lives in a jurisdiction or is working with a County department or school that already provides this service, the group representative  will need to make contact with local government staff or contractor listed above on this page. Please contact TFC staff directly at (804) 706- 5877 to reserve single day event recycling containers.

    Accepted Items include:

    • Aluminum cans
    • Plastic bottles
    • If your event will be generating other recyclables such as cardboard, please contact TFC Recycling  in advance to discuss treatment of these materials.

    Not Accepted Items include:

    •  Plastic cups –
    • Food contaminated items (like food wrappings, paper plates, etc)
    • Glass bottles

    Small One day Events

    CVWMA has 5 Clear Stream containers that can be reserved for loan to be used at very small one day events. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. We do not provide recycling/or recycling containers for medium to large venues or for private events such as weddings (look for venues that already have a recycling plan in place).

    Use of the Clear Stream containers are provided at no charge, but a $100 refundable deposit check is required to defray the costs of replacing containers that are damaged or not returned. The requesting organization is asked to pickup and return the Clear Streams at the CVWMA office and to dispose of recycables at local drop-off recycling location after the event.

    Download Request Form
    Event Coordinator Responsibilities Groups borrowing the Clear Stream containers are responsible for:
    • Setting up containers at the beginning of the event (one next to each main trash can)
    • Monitoring containers throughout the event and changing bags as necessary
    • Breaking down containers at the end of the event
    • Securing containers and recyclables overnight
    • Making sure recyclables are dropped off at one of the Drop-off Recycling Collection sites
    • Returning the units in the same condition as when they were loaned (i.e. clean and with all components)
    • Email the number of bags of recyclables collected so your deposit check can be returned.