11. Ensure Proper Waste Bin Placement and Signage - Sailors for the Sea

11. Ensure Proper Waste Bin Placement and Signage


Good waste management requires well-labeled bins and, if possible, volunteers to help people sort their waste. With three potential waste streams – landfill, recycling and compost – clear signage is extremely important. Having Green Team members help sort waste not only reduces contamination but allows for an opportunity to educate attendees why certain waste belongs where. While recycling is still important for materials such as aluminum and glass, of all the plastic ever generated, only about 9% has been recycled. Plastics are more likely to end up in a landfill, incinerated or making their way into the natural environment. We must prioritize reducing plastics at the source.


  • Begin by doing your research and identifying potential sources of waste before the event. This includes talking to vendors and communicating your goals to be as waste-free as possible.
  • Check with your local waste management company to ensure you are posting the proper recycling and waste management rules.
  • Ask your Green Team to help make signs for the bins before the event based on the information you’ve collected from your vendors and local waste management company.
  • Register your event and download the Clean Regattas Toolkit for more information!

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