Frequently Asked Questions

I want to host a green event, but have no idea where to start. How can Gather Green help?

Gather Green will work with your organizers to reduce the overall waste created and energy expended. We guide them through the entire process, starting with advertising and invitations, providing volunteer and staff training on site for three-way sorting (recycling, compost, and landfill), and stay throughout until the last bag of trash is dealt with.

How is Gather Green different from typical venue waste management?

Not only do we manage the waste created by your business or event, but we ensure the least amount of waste possible goes to the landfill. We also advise at the pre-consumer stage of event planning to make sure that your event is as green as possible from the very beginning.

Our event is already recycling and/or composting… what more is there to do?

That’s a great start! But, there are so many things we can do to reduce even the waste being recycled and composted. Gather Green finds reuse alternatives for recyclables so that they don’t have to enter any waste stream!

Wait!? Recycling is considered a waste stream?

Yes, while recycling is certainly better than sending waste to a landfill, there is still energy expended to recycle those materials into new items, and that only goes so far. Eventually most recyclables lose their integrity and can no longer be recycled, and when that happens, they are tossed to the landfill. That is, if they aren’t sent to the landfill straight away. Unfortunately, most recyclable plastics aren’t recycled. 

If recycling isn't the answer, what can be done, then?

Reducing what waste is created in the first place is a start. Preventing the waste by reusing where possible is always preferable. Divert what waste is created through training and vendor commitment. And transforming organic materials into healthy soil is beneficial in myriad ways! Gather Green researches reuse alternatives, provides wholesale composting options, and offers training where needed to ensure that your event is as green as possible!

Aren’t Green and Sustainable options more expensive?

Contrary to popular belief, hosting a greener event can actually save money in the long run. Gather Green is here to help balance your budget needs with sustainable options.

Zero-waste seems like a tall order; what if there are some aspects of the event that can’t be green?

No one is perfect! Since we don’t live in a circular economy, there is going to be trash to deal with. Every event has different needs and as long as we address the aspects that most concern you we are doing good. A small step is better than no step at all.

I don’t have a specific event, but I’m hoping to reduce my business’ waste. Can Gather Green help?

Yes! Gather Green can set up a Waste Recovery station in your business. We identify major sources of waste and research alternatives to sending them to the landfill. If you’d like to learn more about having a non-landfill bound waste station at your business, email

I’m not located in The Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. Can Gather Green still help?

Yes! Gather Green has consulted on and managed waste at events not only in the Triangle and North Carolina, but in other states such as Virginia and Louisiana as well!