Philip Torchio is the latest entrepreneur to get in on the burgeoning event waste business.
Torchio has launched a business called The Broomsmen that picks up trash from events in Bend, Ore.
He launched The Broomsmen in 2015 to serve the wedding market. Now he has a contract with a local amphitheater and has been hired to work other big events, including the Cascade Lakes Relay.
The business is similar to one started by one of Waste360’s 40 Under 40 award winners, Renee Hansen. SpinFish Events Solutions and Hipcycle divert trash generated by events from landfill through the processes of recycling, reusing and upcycling.
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While plenty of Bend janitorial services will clean up after events, Torchio said no one else offers planning services to eliminate waste and then handle recyclable and compostable material.
Starting The Broomsmen was simple. Torchio built some mobile bins that look like crafty flower planters and connected with the local waste-hauling franchises, Bend Garbage & Recycling and Cascade Disposal, which transport material to the landfill, or recycling or compost point.
“They make it very clear: You’re not to be hauling trash,” he said.
As a former construction manager, Torchio said he had plenty of practice estimating and bidding jobs, so he dove into the literature on litter, trash, recycling and what he believes to be the wave of the future — reuse.