Waste Management for Events

Trash Collection at Special Events

Most public events require some form of trash collection, so whether planning a sporting event, festival, or other gathering, please remember to provide an adequate system for collecting and removing garbage and recyclables.

The Loudoun County Department of General Services, Waste Management Division, can help you obtain recycling bins for your special event. View our resources to learn more.

If you are coordinating an event that will be open to the public, the Loudoun County Department of General Services, Waste Management Division, encourages you to consider our event planning tips.

Loudoun County Litter Prevention & Control Ordinance

According to Section 1088.09 of the Loudoun County Codified Ordinances, litter receptacles at places frequented by the public are required. "Every owner, occupant, tenant, or lessee in control of any property that is held out to the public as a place of assemblage, for the transaction of business or recreation, or as a public way shall provide adequate receptacles of sufficient number and size to contain all litter generated by those persons frequenting that public place."

The ordinance also states that at least one receptacle, no less than 10 gallons in capacity, be placed at each site.

Image of special event trash collection bins at an outdoor event

Promote Recycling at Your Event

Many people attending special events tend to toss trash and recyclables in the nearest container. Encourage recycling by promoting it during special announcements and by advertising recycling in the event program and on a sign at the entrance.

Recycling bins should be clearly marked to help prevent them from being used for trash. The Loudoun County Department of General Services, Waste Management Division, will provide recycling decals to assist your promotional efforts, please call 703-771-5500.

It also helps to use recycling bins that have a reduced opening in the top that will limit the size to that of a bottle or can and help keep trash out. For example, plastic trash cans with lids are an inexpensive option for recycling bins by simply cutting a small circular hole in the lid for bottles and cans.