There are many signs of spring. The Spring Equinox. The first robin spotted. The first bright yellow daffodil to bloom. Opening Day at Camden Yards. But for Homewood Recycling it is SOHOP also known as the Spring Open House and Overnight Program where admitted students flock to Homewood to experience undergraduate life on campus and decide if they want to go to JHU.

Why do you ask does this mark the beginning of spring for us? Well it is the first of a deluge of spring events that keep us supremely busy from beginning of April through the end of May. You see immediately after SOHOP is Alumni Weekend, which is a doozy.  Followed by the second week of SOHOP then Spring Fair and finally culminating in the grand daddy of all events Commencement. Over the course of those very short two months our office will support over 60 events delivering, servicing and removing over 400 bins for recycling, composting and incinerating. Not to mention the myriad outdoor and indoor parties, gatherings, and end of year celebrations that are smattered in between.

Spring is an exciting time but it is also a challenging one when it comes to waste because with all of these events there is A LOT of it. Homewood Recycling hopes that event planners will choose to host zero waste events in which only compostable and recyclable waste is generated. It may seem like a daunting task but it is quite simple. All you need to do is pick a green caterer and become friends with Zero Waste Event Coordinator extraordinaire Trevor Hummel! Green caterers provide only compostable service ware at no extra charge and can be found in the Green Event Planning Guide. After submitting an event support request form you will be contacted by Trevor who will help you through the process and answer any questions you may have about the mysterious world of yellow bins and compostable forks.

In the 2013-2014 academic year 65% of all of the events supported by our office were Zero Waste. If they can do it so can you!