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Reuse, Recycling & Waste Reduction

Recycling at events & parties

​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.

Party preparation

  • 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.


Clean up

  • 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.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:16 AM