May 24th, 2023 – from the SSF Scavengers Facebook page
With Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, and Independence Day all coming up, chances are you will soon be hosting or attending a celebration. Please plan to reduce the amount of waste created.
If you’re responsible for food or beverages:
Avoid providing more than necessary and have a plan for distributing leftovers. Consider asking guests to bring reusable containers to fill.
Serve foods that don’t require utensils and maybe not even a plate. Tacos, hot dogs, hamburgers, egg rolls, pizza, corn on the cob, watermelon, grapes, and cupcakes are great examples.
Serve beverages and condiments from bulk containers.
If plates, cups, and utensils are needed, plan to use reusables not disposables. Bring them from home, have guests bring their own, or rent them.
If you’re decorating:
Utilize tablecloths and napkins that are washable/reusable.
Display centerpieces that guests will want to take home, can be reused, or are easily recycled or composted. Potted plants, flowers/greenery, and photos printed on recyclable paper are good ideas.
Say no to balloons, confetti, glitter, or any plastic decorations.
Provide well-labeled collection bins for recyclables, compostables, and garbage. Locate them side by side so one is as easy to find as another. Ask guests to please use them correctly. Make sure you set a good example by using them correctly yourself.
Provide a collection area for dirty reusable plates, cups, and utensils. Ideally, this should be near the collection bins mentioned above.
If you’re giving a gift:
Avoid greeting cards and wrap that can’t be reused or recycled. Cards and wrap with foil, glitter, and similar adornments cannot be recycled.
Give the gift of an experience instead of something that will eventually need to be disposed. Tickets to sporting or concert events, memberships, and gift cards to favorite stores are good examples.
If you’re willing to go the extra mile:
Make custom signs for your waste collection bins. List or use graphics to show party-related items that belong inside each bin– especially those that tend to be confusing. For example, show that paper cupcake wrappers belong in the compost bin. If you need help determining what belongs in which bin, visit www.ssfscavenger.com/sort-smart and use the handy search tool!