Greening your event

Green bins set up at an event

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.

 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.

Green Events Planning Guide PDF file (1 MB)

 We also have limited equipment such as water fountains, bike racks, and signage, that can be rented by event organizers. Email for details.

Managing waste at your event

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.

Contact the Film and Special Events Office

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

Phone: 604-257-8840

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

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