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Convention Centers

photo of a convention center floor

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Most large US cities have a convention center, usually consisting of exhibition halls, conference rooms, ballrooms, and occasionally sports arenas and facilities for other purposes. Exhibition spaces can range dramatically in size, hosting anywhere from 2,000 to 500,000 or more, for events such as auto or boat shows. Playing host to thousands of events and millions of people every year, convention centers have ample opportunities to recycle and benefit financially from their efforts.

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Exhibit Floors and Lobby Areas

On the exhibit floors and in lobby areas, visitors may be socializing, eating, viewing exhibits, or even working. Providing recycling bins to collect glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers, as well as white office paper, could help visitors recycle while they explore a convention’s offerings.


Catering and Dining Areas

By offering breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners, convention centers serve massive quantities of food and beverages, the waste from which could be diverted from landfills and captured for composting.


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