Birthday parties and family events can create unnecessary trash. Make a difference at your get-togethers by recycling and reducing waste.
Visit the Rethink Recycling Green Gatherings page to learn how to coordinate a green event from start to finish.
- Consider distributing invitations electronically to reduce paper waste. If you prefer paper invitations, purchase invitations that say “made from post-consumer recycled materials.”
- Buy products in containers that can be easily recycled such as aluminum, glass, plastic and paper.
- Use decorations that can be reused or consider borrowing decorations from a friend that has thrown a similar party.
- Gather reusable plates, cups, silverware and linens. If you do not have enough reusable items, consider asking to borrow some from a friend or renting items.
During the party
- Make recycling easy for your guests by providing recycling containers for cans, bottles and other recyclables. Every trash bin should have a recycling bin next to it. Label the bins so guests know what they can recycle. Free labels are available for use.
- Collect and compost fruit and vegetable scraps in your backyard compost bin. If you do not have a backyard compost bin, drop off food waste and food-soiled paper at a composting facility.
- Offer condiments in bulk instead of individually-wrapped servings. For example, provide a sugar bowl instead of individually-wrapped packets.
- Encourage your guests to reuse their cups. If you are using disposable cups, provide a marker and ask guests to label them.
- Promptly refrigerate leftovers, so they don't end up as trash.
- Put recyclables collected during your party or event in your curbside recycling cart. Drop off larger amounts of recyclables (no more than a pick-up truck load) at The Recycling Zone.