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Zero Waste Events

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is proud of our commitment to be zero waste in our offices and our events. Hosting 10 major events annually with over 200-500 attendees would traditionally generate hundreds of pounds of landfill waste but we plan ahead to reduce solid waste from the event, reuse various elements (such as banners), and set up Zero-Waste Stations for those recyclable and compostable materials. We use our events as an opportunity to educate attendees on methods and resources to reduce their personal landfill footprint.

In collaboration with GoZERO Services and Hamilton County Recycling & Solid Waste District, we are able to offer assistance to local events pursuing zero waste. KCB will provide the supplies and services necessary to support organic waste diversion for a suggested donation* of $50 or $75 (depending on event size).

To apply, please fill out the online form below!

If you have any questions, contact Kara Luggen


Zero Waste

Accepted events will receive:

-Collection bins for compostable waste (up to 6) with bags

-Two t-shirts

-Informational postcards 

-Disposal services for collected compostable waste




Where will I be picking up/dropping off supplies?

Our office is located within the City of Cincinnati, Department of Public Services located at 1115 Bates Ave, 45225, across from the Frisch’s on Central Parkway.  

What organic waste is accepted? 

GoZERO Services is our commercial composting provider. Their accepted items include food scraps such as fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, cheeses, grains, bones, shells, baked goods, and basic paper products like unlined cups, plates, napkins, and paper towels. GoZERO is able to accept compostable serviceware like cutlery, hot cups, clam shells and more, but only if those products are officially BPI certified. When in doubt, throw it out!

Find a link to GoZERO’s general compostability flier here.

Please download our zero waste guidelines for event planners and vendors.

GoZero Services will charge an additional fee for contamination (non-compostable materials getting mixed in). Please have staff or volunteers ensure the compost was sorted correctly before dropping off the waste. Your organization may be subject to contamination fees.

What are the informational postcards for?

Our informational postcards are to educate event attendees on acceptable recycling and compostables as well as links to more resources on how to reduce their landfill footprint.

*Why does KCB ask for a donation?

Services for commercial composting come at an expense. We request the donation to offset our associated costs. We significantly subsidize the costs that an individual would pay. We want to make hosting a zero waste event possible and affordable. A $50 donation covers events below 200 attendees and $75 for events 200-400.

How can I pay the donation? 

Visit to make a donation after your application has been approved.

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