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Curbside composting tip: Right-size your holiday meal and repurpose leftovers to reduce your food waste before composting the rest

Even your turkey bones go in the green roll cart

Doesn't everyone like leftovers this time of year? Creative uses for Thanksgiving leftovers helps avoid food waste and provides a better use for the food you bought and prepared for others. Hopefully you have planned the size of your meal to fit your guest list, your guests eat a full meal and they take home leftovers in reusable containers to enjoy another time. (Tools to help you plan your meal and reduce food waste are compiled in Food: Too Good to Waste.)

But what to do with the rest?

To get the most from your bird, make stock with the bones before you compost it. It's easier than you think. Adding water, carrots, onions, celery and perhaps some favorite herbs and spices or even white wine, you can create flavorful stock to freeze for future winter cooking.

Enjoy your leftovers (many holiday foods taste better the second day), make a turkey sandwich, a casserole, or get creative with your own concoction!

And when you have gotten everything out of your meal, add the turkey bones or any food that’s left to your green Portland Composts! roll cart. To contain messier food scraps, you can line your kitchen compost container with newspapers, a paper bag or approved compostable bags.

Is it food? It's compostable!
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