Warm weather brings with it many outdoor events, offering smiles, camaraderie, grilled foods and cold drinks.

Warm weather brings with it many outdoor events, offering smiles, camaraderie, grilled foods and cold drinks.

It also means more trash and opportunities for recycling.

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is launching a pilot program in which public-event organizers can apply for money to reduce waste, increase recycling and composting, and generate public awareness.

The event-sponsorship program will offer a total of $25,000 to organizers of local public events who demonstrate a way to keep those festivals environmentally friendly.

"The thought behind this was to kind of test the waters, to come up with ways in central Ohio to try to generate some interest in the program and to see if a service-grant sponsorship of this nature will provide the community with a valuable service," said Hanna Greer-Brown, a spokeswoman for SWACO.

The level of financial support will be determined on proposed activities that meet the application criteria and the estimated attendance for each event. Funding ranges between $500 and $5,000 for a single event. Attendance will determine the amount of funding.

The money can be spent on equipment, supplies, materials and personal-service contracts, such has hauling away recyclables.

The program is open to events staged in Franklin County.

Applications, which must be received six weeks in an advance of the planned event, will be accepted through the end of year, so the money is not necessarily for warm-weather activities, Greer-Brown said.

The application forms are available online at swaco.org.

The Upper Arlington Civic Association hosts a number of events that draw a lot people and produce waste that could be diverted from the landfill, said Matthew McConnell, the association's president.

Among the biggest gatherings are Party in the Park, held prior to the Fourth of July parade and fireworks; the Memorial Day Run; and Labor Neighbor Day, McConnell said.

"It does sound like something that could benefit at least a couple of our events," McConnell said of SWACO's program.

Some event organizers have taken it upon themselves to offer waste-reduction efforts.

Jessie Mathews, organizer of Open Streets Columbus, held the past two years downtown, has put out recycling containers for festival visitors.

But she would like to grow the Open Streets event, which temporarily closes public roads to cars so people can use the space for a variety of activities, so the more opportunities to make it green-friendly, the better, she said.

"That's very helpful," Mathews said.