The Waste Not Made

  • 642 tons of waste was created by the 99,000+ people that attended the six-day 2017 Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California —
  • 130 tons of waste was created by the 130,000 people attending the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, with only 98 tons recycled. It took two shifts of crews 3 days to get everything cleaned up–
  • 40 tons of waste was created by the 66,000 people attending the 2018 Super Bowl  —

As an event organizer, you know what the morning or evening after the event looks like. Discarded programs, flyers, handouts, and maps litter the ground; trash cans, recycling bins, and dumpsters are overflowing; along with the other remains that accumulate from a large gathering of people. None of us likes it, but what can we do about it?  With more and more communities demanding reduced waste policies in their stadiums, business centers, and outdoor locations, the pressure is on to not just get rid of the trash, but to reduce the total amount created. Recycling helps, but a better solution is to simply not create it in the first place.

Event Apps reduce paper waste after an event. An event app, like Symposium’s EventTime, also reduces printing costs. These apps run on iPhones, Android phones, and tablets, and keep everything your attendee needs in one convenient place. Because the paper you don’t use doesn’t end up in a landfill.


L.J. Cavanaugh has over 38 years experience in technical writing. She has written technical manuals for everything from sonic pile drivers to computer software and co-authored a Prentice-Hall book on cryptography and network security. Currently, she writes blog articles on mobile event software. L.J. moved to Silicon Valley in 1978, where she is now a servant to 2 cats. She can be reached at