Cleaning & Waste Management for Events

Whether you’re simply looking to get the trash off-site and off your mind, or you’re looking to take on an ambitious recycling initiative, Green Event Ninjas has got you covered. We offer a full range of cleaning and waste management services to fit your event’s unique needs.


  • Workflow planning and development of daily run sheets
  • Planning and placement of front-of-house receptacles
  • Contracted hauling of waste, recycling and organics
  • Planning and goal-setting for “green” initiatives (i.e. recycling, organics, etc.)


  • Staff recruitment and training
  • Oversight of cleaning services and teams
  • Cleaning of indoor and outdoor areas (e.g. litter picking, cleaning of portlets, trailers)
  • Maintenance of bins and waste collection throughout event
  • 24-hour site maintenance for multi-day events

Sustainability – Recycling & Organics

If you’re looking to boost your event’s eco-friendly image and move beyond a single-stream waste strategy by introducing a recycling or organics initiative, then Green Event Ninjas is especially qualified to help. We take the following general approach to our waste diversion projects:


Planning and goal-setting for your waste diversion initiative 


Sourcing of appropriate front-of-house waste receptacles


Production of the necessary signage and communications


Direct on-site oversight and implementation of the initiative


Conducting waste audits to accurately assess the diversion rates


Delivery of final report detailing outcomes and recommendations

Our Previous Work

NXNE Festival Village

NXNE Festival Village

Green Event Ninjas jumped into the fray at Yonge-Dundas Square, in Toronto’s downtown core, teaming with NXNE Festival Village to deliver an awesome cleaning and recycling program.

Our crew reflected the fun and positivity of the event in the way we approached our work. Happy to jump-in and help the organizers or a vendor with any request, we kept the streets ship-shape over the course of the weekend. 

When it was time to load-up overnight, we were able to clean the grounds thoroughly and in plenty of time for the street to re-open the next morning.

NXNE Festival Village
Vegandale Food Drink Festival 2018

Vegandale Food Drink Festival (2018)

Chicago - Houston - New York - Toronto

Green Event Ninjas jumped into the fray at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto’s downtown core to help with 

We continued to hand sort the recycling – ensuring that could be taken to the appropriate recycling facility – while introducing a back-of-house organics initiative that help to divert the compostable waste from 100+ food vendors at each event. We hired locally in each city too, contributing the local community by paying fair wages.

Logo and image of the 2017 Vegan Food and Drink Festival in Toronto and New York

Vegan Food & Drink Festival (2017)

New York - Toronto

The 2017 Vegan Food and Drink Festivals in Toronto and New York boasted 12,000+ and 13,000+ attendees each, respectfully, and provided festival goers with a vast selection of fiercely vegan-friendly food, drink and live entertainment options.

Green Event Ninjas managed the festivals’ cleaning and waste management programs from start to finish, introducing a hand-sorted recycling stream for the first time and remaining well under budget for each event.

It turns out they liked our work so much that they have invited us back for all their events in 2018 – Houston, Chicago, Toronto and New York – where we will be rolling out a organics/compost diversion initiative!

Logo and image of the 2017 Vegan Food and Drink Festival in Toronto and New York

Convocation at Ryerson University

Green Event Ninjas developed a waste diversion initiative for Ryerson University’s twice annual Convocation ceremonies.

In addition to directly overseeing its implementation on-site (e.g. bin placement, signage, collection), we also completed daily waste audits to understand the success of our initiative. The results of those audits were included in a broader report with recommendations for a campus-wide sustainable events program.

WayHome & Boots and Hearts

Green Event Ninjas was the Sustainability Advisor to a successful bid for the cleaning and waste management contract for the two large music/camping festivals in Ontario, Canada (an estimated 40,000 and 35,000 attendees each, respectfully).

Green Event Ninjas then participated in the subsequent planning and on-site implementation of the services, helping to complete the contract ahead of schedule and exceeding the expectations of the client.

In 2018, our Founding Ninja, James Watson, spearheaded an initiative via Cans for Good – a social enterprise that he Co-Founded – and successfully collected over $32,000 in can deposits. Beer cans! After covering their operational expenses, the remainder was donated to local sports teams from the surrounding communities.

Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

Green Event Ninjas’ Founding Ninja, James Watson, was hired by the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games as a Venue Manager for Catering, Cleaning and Waste (CCW).

He was responsible for managing the relationship between the Organizing Committee and the catering and cleaning contractors at two separate venues, ensuring that the Games’ standards of cleanliness and service were maintained.

Get Started Today

If you’re ready to speak with us and get started on your cleaning and waste management planning, please get in touch: