Zero Waste Program

Picnics, camping, weddings, races — go Zero Waste in the parks. Reduce the amount of natural resources that are used by making careful choices before, during, and after your event and reduce your impact on the environment. Use reusable items whenever possible and recycle or compost the rest. A Zero Waste Event produces less than one ounce of trash per person.

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Designated Zero Waste Venues

The following Zero Waste Event practices are required for your event at our designated Zero Waste Venues. Failure to comply with the Zero Waste Events program may result in loss of damage deposit fee. Compostable products may be available through approved caterers.



  • Washable dinnerware, cutlery, glassware, linens and linen napkins.
  • Compostable paper products, cutlery, drinkware, table coverings and napkins.

Not Allowed

  • Single-serving bottles of water, juice or carbonated beverages in plastic bottles.
  • Food served in disposable plastic or Styrofoam containers.

Why do Zero Waste Venues Prohibit Plastic?

Although some plastics are accepted in well-known municipal recycling programs, plastics are not often recycled back into their original forms. Instead they are down-cycled into secondary mixed-plastic materials that cannot be recycled again.

By avoiding these plastic materials altogether, we reduce any potential negative impact on our environment. Three Rivers encourages the use of products that are both convenient for our facilities and far more environmentally friendly.

What does "Compostable" mean?

Unlike products labeled “biodegradable,” compostable products degrade within several months in commercial compost facilities without producing toxic residues. Compostability is a desirable feature in disposable products such as plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. These products are commonly made out of sugarcane fibers or vegetable starch. It’s important to use products clearly labeled compostable and have the BPI Certification logo.

Compostable Products

Three Rivers Park District can provide you with all the dinnerware products you need for your guests in our Zero Waste facilities. Ask site staff or call our Reservations Office to make your purchase over the phone: 763-559-6700.

Item Quantity Price
12 oz hot cups 50 $7.50
9 oz cold squat cup 50 $5.25
12 oz cold cup 50 $7.25
6" plates 50 $3.25
9" plates 50 $8
6 oz bowls 50 $3.25
11.5 oz bowls 50 $4.25
Forks 50 $4.25
Knives 50 $4.25
Spoons 50 $4.25
Dinner napkins 50 $3
Beverage napkins 50 $2
7.7" straws 50 $1