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12 Pro Recycling Tips for Summer Parties

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Now that summer is officially here in Logan County, recycling is often an afterthought when it comes to planning summertime barbecues, outdoor parties and family gatherings. It doesn’t have to be. Here’s what you can do to reduce your reliance on plastic and recycle right at your next party or event.

12 Pro Recycling Tips for Summer Parties

  1. Planning is key. Plan for the number of people you want to invite and make informed food estimates and you’ll have less to throw away at the end.

  2. Use real dishes, silverware and serving spoons. If you do use disposable cutlery, look for options that are compostable.

  3. Stay away from Styrofoam. It’s not recyclable and it’s not good for the environment.

  4. Serve beverages from a large dispenser as opposed to single serve options.

  5. Use cloth table coverings and napkins.

  6. Provide clearly marked recycling containers at your event. Keep them accessible near the trash so people don’t have to go out of their way to recycle.

  7. Say no to plastic drinking straws.

  8. Say no to party favors. They usually end up in the trash.

  9. Provide reusable cups or ask your guests to bring their own.

  10. Adopt a “pack-in and pack-out” philosophy. In other words, have guests bring their own dishes, cutlery and glassware.

  11. Send out invites that have a dual purpose. For example, the invites could serve as a book mark, picture frame or as a piece of artwork.

  12. Don’t take the easy route. Take the environmentally-conscious route.

A little effort goes a long way toward reducing the amount of trash we produce.

Learn more about how to recycle in Logan County. When you recycle more, you save on your Pay-As-You-Throw trash costs. Find one of our 16 Recycling and Pay-As-You-Throw drop-off centers near you.

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