Photo by John Holliday
Photo by John Holliday

The Utah Film Commission encourages green production practices in all areas of the filmmaking process.

  • Set expectations early. Green production rules or guidelines should be provided during the first days of production and should come from the top (UPM, Production team)
  • Designate a “green team” or sustainability coordinator. By including this in someone’s specific job, you ensure tasks will be completed. Asking for volunteers to be on a “green team” that represent key departments can help ensure buy-in from staff, and give you an effective way to disseminate information.
  • Signage is a key component of education and should be posted wherever employees congregate.
  • Set achievable goals. Replacing plastic water bottles with reusable ones, recycling paper and plastic or reducing catering waste all go a long way.

Eco Management

  • Ensure Production Office, stage facilities and shops are set up to encourage waste reduction and promote conservation. See the RESOURCES BY CITY for a list of recycling companies that service businesses.
  • Purchase reusable water bottles for cast and crew, rent portable water dispensers, recycling/waste receptacles.
  • Make it easy to recycle by ensuring there are recycling bins everywhere there are garbage cans.
  • Think about wrap while you’re still in pre-production and plan for the striking of sets and material disposal in order to reduce waste at the end of production.

Catering/Craft Services

  • Avoid Styrofoam plates and cups!
  • Use reusable plates, cups, utensils and linens whenever you can instead of disposable.
  • If paper products are unavoidable, look for ones with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content.
  • Have recycling bins near craft services and catering trucks.


  • Set up garbage and recycling stations according to your hauling company’s waste separation guidelines.
  • Create easy to read signage that details proper practices for composting and recycling


  • Create a no idling policy. Idling for an hour wastes one gallon of gas. It’s bad for your health and is illegal in many cities, including Salt Lake City and Park City.
  • Whenever possible, power down any generator that is not in use.


PGA Green Production Guide