Greening your event

A volunteer helping event guests sort their waste and recyclables

Planning an outdoor event on Vancouver streets and in parks?

Minimize your event's environmental impacts and help Vancouver become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

  • Reduce waste, water, and energy.
  • Use sustainable foods and products.
  • Educate guests about environmental impacts.

Get help on how to plan, carry out, and assess your event: use our Green Events Planning Guide.

As part of your event application, you must fill in a green event form that explains how you plan to manage waste and hold a more sustainable event. Will you remove your event waste by hiring the City, hiring a business, or doing it yourself? To fill in the form, choose an option, below.

 Note: You are responsible for leaving your event area clean and litter-free, otherwise you will be charged for City services to clean up. Do not use existing bins on City and park property.

Plan a sustainable event with our step-by-step guide

Our Green Events Planning Guide walks you through every step of how to make your event more sustainable. Get tips, checklists, information sheets for vendors and volunteers, and a list of local suppliers and service providers.

  • Download the guide  (1 mb)
  • Click Show more to view the main tips from the guide
  • Tell us how you will manage waste at your event

    Choose an option to fill in the appropriate green event form

    Apply for City waste service

    The City can provide your event with food scraps, recycling, and garbage bins, and then remove the bins and their contents after your event. Costs depend on how many bins and pickups you need, and if any recycling bins are contaminated with garbage.

    Remove event waste with a business or by yourself

    Are you hiring a business to manage waste and recycling services at your event? Or doing it yourself? Tell the City about your green event plan.

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    Find and contact us

    Contact the Special Events Office

    Film & Special Events Office
    126 Keefer St
    Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

    Phone: 604-257-8850

    Fax: 604-257-8859

    Contact the Park Board Special Events Office

    Special Events &
    Filming Office
    2099 Beach Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4

    Phone: 604-257-8516 

    Fax: 604-257-8501

    Green Events Planning Guide

    Get the guide

    Apply for City waste serviceRemove event waste with a business or by yourselfGreen event application form