Serving soup in a pumpkin is a creative way to help make your meal waste-free!
Your holiday feast may be a day of indulgence, but it doesn’t have to be a day of waste. By following a few easy steps, you can send less (or nothing!) to landfill this holiday season.
Make a waste-conscious shopping list: Only buy what you need and borrow the rest.
- When making your shopping list, double check your cupboard so you don’t buy more than you need.
- For those once-a-year kitchen items, such as a baster, roasting pan, or gravy boat, check to see if you can borrow them from a neighbor who isn’t hosting dinner.
- When shopping, consider choosing products that come in recyclable packages; look for hard plastic or metal, and avoid soft plastic and tetra packs (the boxes often used for stock).
- Before you leave the house, remember your reusable bags, maybe even some reusable produce bags, and, of course, your waste-conscious shopping list.
Set up your blue and green bins so they are easy to access while cooking.
- While cooking, you’re bound to have scraps that don’t get used. To make sure they get into the green compost bin, consider using a larger receptacle than usual, or keeping a receptacle on the counter that you can empty easily.
- If you are feeling ambitious, hang on to your turkey carcass and vegetable scraps and make some stock before putting it all in the green bin for compost. Set
- Remember to rinse any hard plastic or metal containers and recycle them.
- Pack cleaned plastic film and plastic bags together and drop them off at your local supermarket or hardware store. If you are going to recycle the plastic that your turkey is wrapped in, first wash and rinse it and let it dry.
Help your guests understand what goes where.
Did you know that HALF of the material that currently gets put in the black bin (going directly to the landfill) could actually be composted or recycled?
- Let your guests know what goes where: Have an empty platter for bones and small pieces of meat create your own composting, recycling and landfill signs with the Zero
- Save the liquid from cooked or steamed vegetables. I freeze then in a metal ice cube tray making them easy to use when a recipe calls for a small amount of vegetable broth or to add to soup. Waste Signmaker.
Holiday feast sorting cheat sheet
- Green bin: All food scraps including turkey meat, bones, “tofurky” scraps. Soiled paper such as butcher paper and paper towels. And all those miscellaneous items that you only use at this time of year such as cooking string or twine, cheese cloth, tooth picks, wooden skewers, and anything labeled “compostable.”
- Place a platter for Bones and Meat Scraps
- Latter you can divide the Bones in two containers and Freeze to make two Batches of Soup
- Small pieces of meat can be put in containers to make Turkey Tetrazzini , tacos or just to add to the soup mashed potaoes and gravy can be used in soup to add flavor and thicken the soup
- Blue bin: Glass bottles, plastic and metal containers, and rinsed aluminum foil go in the blue bin. Take clean plastic film and plastic bags to a local supermarket for recycling.
- Black bin: Hopefully nothing!
- We will know we’ve gotten the word out when they collect trash every other week and recycling every week make it a goal
Check for local Whole foods You can even recycle corks from you holiday wine there . Bins are usually set up near the rest rooms.
View Recology’s comprehensive guidelines for what goes in each bin.