Don’t get ‘trashed’ at parties

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22Oct

Don’t get ‘trashed’ at parties

Parties are notorious for creating a lot of waste; however, here are a few tips to make sure your party doesn’t generate a ton of trash. 

1. Invitations

Send your party invitations via e-mail or social media. Paper invitations ultimately end up in the recycle or trash bin, so why spend the money to create them? You’ll save money on postage as well.

2. Buy only what you need.

Sometimes it’s hard to judge how much food or party utensils you’ll need. Reducing the amount you purchase or consume obviously saves money and waste. In addition, realize that reducing the amount you purchase adds to the reduction in the demand for the product.

If we all reduce the amount we purchase, manufacturers will make less and reduce their impact on our natural resources.

3. Borrow, rent or buy used

Instead of buying tables, chairs and other party necessities, see if you can borrow them from someone or rent them from a local party supplier. If you have to purchase items, check your local thrift stores first.

Once again, purchasing new items increases demand for manufacturers to make more, thereby impacting our natural resources.

4. Reusable vs. disposable

The smaller your party is, the easier it is to reduce waste. Can you provide reusable napkins, plates and utensils? Reusable items are always preferable. If you are throwing a larger party, however, it might not be convenient to use cloth napkins, dishware and silverware.

Remember, these items are not recyclable:

  • Paper plates and napkins are not recyclable due to food residue and grease.
  • Paper cups are not recyclable because they are covered with either wax or plastic that makes them waterproof.
  • Many plastic cups, like the Solo brand or foam cups used to hold hot liquids, are not recyclable curbside.
  • Plasticware is not recyclable. 

5. Offer recycling

If you’re offering beverages, provide reusable glasses and cups. If that's not possible, offer beverages in their own recyclable packaging, like cans and bottles, and provide a recycling container to collect the materials. If you don’t have a recycle bin, a big clearly marked box will work.

We offer an event recycling container loan program to collect beverage container recyclables at parties, festivals and gatherings of all sizes. No event is too small, so feel free to call and reserve containers for your next event, 465-3695.

 6. Recycle those greeting cards

Recycle those greeting cards from your shower, birthday, wedding, anniversary, etc., by sending them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. You'll help support a great organization and give your cards a second life!

7. What else can you recycle?

Wrapping paper is recyclable, except the shiny stuff. Tissue paper is not recyclable.