If you’re in the planning stages for hosting a chamber festival, you might be busy thinking about food, drink, and entertainment. Maybe you’re considering permits and licensing or whether you will include adult beverages. These are very important questions but so is trash removal.
How do you do it and who handles the bins? One chamber recently ran into this question when their cardboard box donation ended. So what can they do?
Chamber pros from across the country shared their secrets for keeping their festival grounds clean.
7 Chamber Festival Clean-up Ideas
There are a lot of options when it comes to dealing with chamber festival refuse. Some are more economical than others.
- Secure an in-kind donation or sponsorship. Cans could always be decorated to make them more noticeable and everyone at the festival will have to throw something away at some point so it’s a good branding opportunity.
- Check with local refuse or junk haulers in your community. They may be willing to help out.
- Ask the city of they’d be willing to donate the bins and help with collection afterward.
- Partner with a non-profit or other community organization. The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce in Tennesse shared, “We have a local Keep Monroe Beautiful that works to get our county free of litter. They provide for most of our events.”
- Ask Parks and Rec. Even if the city isn’t able to handle the disposal part, often the Parks and Rec Department has bins you can use.
- Buy them and ask the city to store them for you until you need them for the chamber festival.
- Ask around the community. If you know a festival is ending, you can check with the organizers to see if they’ll donate the bins to you. The St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce had some bins donated by an event that was sunsetting.
How have you dealt with festival trash? Share your ideas here or learn from others.