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 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. If you can’t use reusable cups, purchase clear cups for easy recycling.
- Gather or rent reusable plates, cups, silverware and linens. If food vendors will be present, select food vendors that offer washable plates, silverware and linens.
- Choose decorations and display materials that can be reused or recycled.
- Work with food vendors far in advance from the event, and encourage appropriate portion control to minimize food waste.
At your party or small event
- Offer condiments in bulk instead of individually-wrapped servings. For example, provide a sugar bowl instead of individually-wrapped packets.
- 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 signs are available on the Rethink Recycling website.
- Collect and compost fruit and vegetable scraps in your backyard compost bin. Encourage your guests to reuse their cups. If you are using disposable cups, provide a marker and ask guests to label them.
Recycle what you collect:
Compost the organics you collect: