Special Event Recycling

Hosting an event in Geauga or Trumbull Counties? Offer recycling to your attendees!

Borrow our highly visible, well-labeled recycling containers. We provide the containers and plastic liners for free. You are responsible for collecting and recycling the material.

Request a Container

Request containers with our Container Loan Request Form below. Containers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste has recycling containers available to borrow for any organization sponsoring an event in Geauga or Trumbull Counties.
  • There is no charge to borrow the containers. However, events that do not return the containers or return them late, significantly soiled, odorous, with stickers affixed, or damaged beyond use will be charged for replacement, cleaning and/or late fees.
  • Containers are reserved in the order properly completed request forms are received.
  • To borrow some of these containers, please complete and submit the form.
  • Each form submitted is for one event!


What Can I Recycle?

Locate Public Recycling Drop-Off Locations


If you have questions about borrowing recycling containers, or need advice on how to set up an event recycling program, email Jennifer Jones or call 330-675-2673 or 800-707-2673.

You are responsible for collecting and recycling the materials.
For every recycling container, there should be a garbage can almost touching it to people from using it as a trash can. We will provide clear bags to use with the container based on the length of your event and anticipated number of attendees.
Please return loaned items no later than 5 days after your event.

Recycling Tips

When you just cannot reduce or reuse an item, follow these simple steps to make sure recyclables are saved from the landfill. 

Get the Word Out

  • During the event, remind patrons to recycle plastic bottles and cans, and remind vendors to recycle their cardboard.

Know What Can & Cannot Be Recycled

  • Most events will have recyclable bottles and cans from patrons and cardboard from vendors. No cups are currently recyclable locally. Know what can and cannot be recycled and where recyclables can be dropped off.

Use Only Clear Bags

  • Only use clear bags for collecting recyclables. If bags are black, attendees usually think they are for collecting trash.

Place Recycling Containers near Trash Cans

  • For every recycling container, there should be a garbage can almost touching it to discourage contamination. If you have too much contamination, it is likely that all the material will be landfilled.

Reducing & Reusing Tips

Conserve resources and save money by preventing waste in the first place.


  • If selling beverages in cups, offer discounts for patrons who bring their own.
  • Serve meals on reusable plates and bowls instead of plastic.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
  • Use reusable, instead of disposable, towels for cleaning jobs like wiping down tables.
  • Use napkins instead of disposable plates for “finger foods”.
  • Make printed programs about the event optional. Better yet, eliminate them altogether by posting information on a large centralized display board or providing an electronic copy with the confirmation.
  • Serve condiments in bulk rather than in single servings.
  • Rent decorations.
  • Coordinate ahead of time to donate leftover, edible, food to a pantry or soup kitchen. 
  • Sell souvenir cups for beverages and offer a discount for refills. Bonus, most patrons will take them home and reuse them for years, promoting your event.
  • Donate floral arrangements and decorations to nursing homes, homeless shelters, schools, group homes, or hospitals.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with waste reduction or setting up your recycling program, email Jennifer Jones or call 800-707-2673 or 330-675-2673.