Backyard BBQs and gatherings can generate more waste than you might think. By planning properly. you can make eco-friendly choices that reduce waste and your impact on the environment.
Avoid packaged foods
Food packaging can add to the accumulation of waste. Shop at your local farmer’s markets and serve fresh foods to your guests.
Reduce bottled water waste
Instead of purchasing water in disposable bottles, serve water in a reusable drink dispenser. Infuse with lemons, oranges, limes or cucumbers for extra flavor.
Invest in reusable plates, cups, serving dishes, tools and utensils
Purchase metal skewers instead of wood when grilling vegetables or meat. Think about how many cook-outs will happen in the future and purchase reusable plates, cups and utensils in bulk. While plastic serving utensils may seem cheaper, metal ones will last longer.
Ditch the paper and plastic table linens
Opt for a cloth tablecloth and cloth napkins. Use real plates, forks and knives instead of the disposable ones. You will reduce waste and take the ambiance up a notch.
Recycle plastic bags
Plastic bags from rolls and other items can be gathered and recycled at local grocery stores.
Canned vs. glass beverages
Canned beverages can be recycled in our regular recycling system. Glass beverage containers can be collected separately and taken to one of the County’s drop-off centers for recycling at 2800 S. Taylor St. or North Quincy Street and Washington Boulevard.
Make recycling easy
Set the stage and place a recycling bin next to the trash bin to encourage guests to minimize waste.