Are you hosting an event in Davis?
You can rent trash, recycling and compost bins.
Clearstream Recyclers are metal frames with a plastic lid for bottles and cans recycling. They are easy to transport and assemble. Holes in the lid limit contamination of recyclables with trash. Clear bags allow people to see what material should be placed inside. A Clearstream frame and lid is $1.00 to rent.
44-gallon round plastic bins are available to rent. They come in forest green and blue. Currently we have 6 green and 22 blue bins. Each 44-gallon bin is $1.00 to rent.
Waste signs that can be used with the plastic bins are also available to rent for $0.50 each.
Plastic bags that fit the Clearstream Recyclers and the 44-gallon bins are available to rent for $0.25 each.
All materials are available first-come first-served, so please make your reservations early to ensure you have the supplies you need for your event.
Renting zero waste equipment for your event
Step 1: Reserve the Zero Waste Equipment and Arrange for a Pick-up and Return Time
Contact the City Recycling Program at 757-5686 or PWWeb@CityofDavis.org to reserve your zero waste equipment. Be prepared to give the following information:
- Event details. Let the Recycling Program staff know the details of the event—event name, when and where the event is, how many people are expected to attend.
- What and how many of each type of zero waste equipment you wish to rent. Recycling Program staff can help you figure this out if you’re not sure.
- Desired pick-up day and time. Zero waste equipment may be picked up no earlier than two days before the event. Zero waste equipment is available for pick-up at the Public Works Department, 1717 5th Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Desired return day and time. Zero waste equipment must be returned no later than two days after an event. Zero waste equipment must be returned to the Public Works Department, 1717 5th Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You MUST reserve your zero waste equipment AT LEAST 1 week prior
to your event; otherwise your zero waste equipment will not be available.
Step 2: Fill Out the Zero Waste Equipment Rental Form
Download a Zero Waste Equipment Rental Form, fill it out, and return it to the City Recycling Program. There are 4 ways to return the form:
- Email: PWWeb@CityofDavis.org
- Hand deliver to the Public Works Corporation Yard Administration Building (1717 5th Street.)
- Mail: City of Davis, Public Works Department Attn: Jennifer Gilbert, 1717 5th Street, Davis, CA 95616
Zero waste equipment rental forms MUST be received AT LEAST 1 week prior to your event. You will receive an email confirmation once your application is received.
Step 3: Pay For Your zero waste equipment Rental
After your rental form has been submitted, but before you pick up your zero waste equipment, go to the Public Works Department Corporation Yard Administration Building at 1717 5th Street and pay for your zero waste equipment rental with either cash or check. Please enter the corporation yard through the 5th Street gate. As you go through the gate, the Administration Building is directly in front of you. Go into the Administration Building; a staff-person at the front counter will assist you and will give you your receipt. The Public Works counter is open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Step 4: Pick Up Your Zero Waste Equipment
Arrive at the Public Works Department Corporation Yard at your scheduled time to pick up the zero waste equipment . The Public Works Department is located at 1717 5th Street, between L Street and Pole Line Road.
Please enter the corporation yard through the 5th Street gate. As you go through the gate, the Administration Building is directly in front of you. Go into the Administration Building; a staff-person at the front counter will assist you.
Step 5: Setting up recycling at your event
The Clearstream Recyclers are easy to assemble. The frame folds open, the plastic bag is hung on the frame and the domed lid snaps quickly onto the frame. See below for tips on successful recycling at your event.
Step 6: Recycle
Be sure to have a plan on how to recycle what you collect during your event. There are a few State Certified Redemption Centers in Davis where you can bring your recycling to cash in on the CRV:
- Recology Davis Recycling Center, 2727 2nd Street 756-4646 Redemption Center Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am - 2:00pm, Sat 8:00am - 4:00pm
- V. Lopez Recycling, 400 Mace Blvd. (916) 238-4312
Step 7: Return your Zero Waste Equipment
After your event, return the rented zero waste equipment to the Public Works Department, 1717 5th Street, during your scheduled drop-off time. Zero waste equipment must be returned no later than two days after the event.
More information about renting the zero waste equipment :
- Requests to rent zero waste equipment and Rental Forms must be received AT LEAST 1 week prior to your event.
- Zero waste equipment are available on a first-come first-served basis, so the sooner you reserve the equipment , the better your chances of having zero waste equipment at your event.
- The zero waste equipment must be returned clean and without bags attached.
- The zero waste equipment may be picked up no earlier than two days before the event and must be returned no later than two days after the event.
Make recycling successful and reduce waste at your event by following these tips:
- Follow the “no can left alone” policy: Place a recycling bin next to every garbage can. Never leave a recycling bin on its own without a trash bin nearby—it will become contaminated with trash. This makes recycling easy and obvious for everyone. If people have to search to find a recycling bin, they are more likely to throw their recyclables in the trash.
- Use or encourage people to bring their own reusable cups, plates and utensils instead of paper, plastic or expanded polystyrene.
- If you are providing serving ware, use reusable items rather than single-use. Several local vendors rent dishes, utensils and other items.
- If reusable plates, cups and utensils are not possible, choose recyclable ones instead.
- Place trash cans and recycling containers near where food or drinks are being served.
- Collect and compost extra food wastes.
- Clearly label trash, recycling and composting collection containers.
For more information about the Zero Waste Equipment Rental program or to rent zero waste equipment for an event, please contact the Public Works Department at 757-5686 or email@example.com.
Are you planning a party or BBQ? Aim for reducing your waste as much as possible by planning to use all reusable, recyclable or compostable items!
Planning your event
- Designate a recycling coordinator or committee. Planning for waste reduction and recycling should start at the beginning of your event planning. It’s important to have at least one person responsible for coordinating recycling efforts.
- Reduce waste by sending online invitations.
- Use RSVPs to get a head count to avoid food waste.
- Choose reusable serving ware rather than single-use. Several local vendors rent dishes, utensils and other items.
- Choose food and supplies for your party that come in bulk with minimal and recyclable packaging.
- Instead of decorating with single-use streamers, balloons, and plastic party favors, decorate with re-usable décor or use potted plants and bowls of fresh fruit.
Food at Your Event
- Give each guest a cup with his or her name on it to reuse.
- Use finger foods and serve food buffet style.
- Use washable tableware, cups, flatware and linens. Several local vendors rent dishes, utensils and other items.
- If washable reusable items are not feasible, try to use recyclable and compostable tableware, utensils and cups.
- Recyclable serving ware includes:
- Compostable serving ware includes:
- Avoid using these items—these are neither recyclable, nor compostable:
Working with Caterers/Concessionaires
If you will be working with a vender (caterer or concessionaire) for your event, it’s important to clearly communicate your requests for reducing waste.
- Start communicating early so that caterers/concessionaires have time to plan accordingly to meet your waste reduction strategy and plans. Provide all vendors with an information sheet about your recycling and composting efforts in advance of the event, such as with their registration packet.
- Make recycling (and composting, if appropriate and possible) a required part of their contract for the event. Clearly state how recycling will be done at the event and what the responsibilities of the vendor are (setting out recycling bins, sorting waste, etc.).
- Ask vendors to break down their own cardboard and recycle it.
- Provide recycling collection containers for vendors use if they do not have their own.
- Require that all vendors make the event as waste-free as possible.
Diverting waste at your event
- If you are using reusable serving ware, be sure to have a clearly marked location for retuning used serving ware.
- Set up clearly marked bins for trash, compost and recycling.
- Clearly mark bins with large, reusable signs.
- Attach items used at the event to each sign so that guests can easily tell what goes into which bin.
- Make sure that all three bins (trash, compost and recycling) are always placed together at your event.
- Never have a trash bin standing alone—it will fill with recyclables
- Never leave a compost or recycling bin standing alone—it will fill with trash.
- Do you need recycling containers for your event? The City Recycling Program has Clearstream Recycling containers that are available to rent for events in Davis.
- Place trash cans and recycling containers near where food or drinks are being served.
Recycling and composting your waste after the event
After collecting all your recyclables, you will need to make sure that they are recycled!
- Place all recyclables collected at your event in a Recology Davis recycling cart.
- Place all compostables in your Recology Davis organics cart.
- Drop-off your recyclables 24/7 at the Recology Davis Recycling Center at 2727 2nd Street.
- Sort out any CRV bottles and cans and bring them to a certified redemption center to turn them into cash!
- If you want to compost the materials yourself, paper plates, napkins and compostable cups may be composted in a backyard composting pile or in a homemade food digester. Food scraps can be most easily composted via in-ground compost.