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E-News Sidebar > Top ten tips for a waste-free holiday party

> Avoid disposables. Instead, use dishes, utensils, glasses and serving dishes made of glass, metal or sturdy plastic that can be washed and reused year after year.

> If you use a caterer, ask that they provide reusable dishes; or, biodegradable paper plates and utensils they can take back to their kitchen’s compost barrel.

> Take advantage of the delicious food available locally: pears, apples, hazelnuts, and much more. Buying regionally grown food reduces CO2 emissions and supports the local economy.

> Consider your guest list when preparing or ordering food so you’ll have the food people most enjoy in the right quantities.

> Put recycling and food waste boxes or buckets in plain sight where guests can easily see and use them.

> Donate unopened food and beverages, and any leftover food prepared in a commercial kitchen. See Metro’s Fork It Over Web site for information.

> Ask guests to bring Tupperware containers for taking home leftovers.

> Use the same decorations year after year, such as pinecones dusted with glitter, colorful ornaments and serving baskets.

>Recycle party platters purchased from delis and grocery stores. (They aren’t acceptable curbside, but there are local recyclers and a few grocers that accept them. Check Metro’s Find a Recycler website or call 503-234-3000.)

> Celebrate community. Get friends together to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank or at a local shelter; coordinate a blanket or coat drive; make food baskets for gifts.

Here are local resources to help you plan your own waste-free holiday celebration.

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Sustainable food resources

Green catering resources

Recycling at home


Fork It Over! food donation program

Waste-wise holiday tips

Waste reduction and recycling information