Guest blog written by Chloé, Owner of Rebel Eco
How to label bins for a low-waste party ? Read on to find out with these amazing tips!
One of the best ways to keep your party or gathering low-waste is to help guests deal with waste appropriately (and secretly teach them about low-waste living at the same time) and a great way to do this is to make it really clear where you would like different kinds of waste to go!Chloe- Rebel Eco
A bit about Chloe
Chloé is a realistic greenie who is super-passionate about helping people to make small lifestyle changes that have a big impact. She started Rebel Eco to help remove the overwhelm that comes with making eco-friendly changes by sharing tips and advice that make a difference and believes
that people from all walks of life can live sustainably without a huge effort or a huge price tag.
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Dealing with party waste
One of the best ways to keep your party or gathering low-waste is to help guests deal with waste appropriately (and secretly teach them about low-waste living at the same time) and a great way to do this is to make it really clear where you would like different kinds of waste to go!
A simple way to do this is to clearly label bins so that guests can bin their own waste and you don’t need to sort it out later.
Bin Labels to try
Try these labels to make sure you are getting the most out of your waste
and sending very little to landfill:
- Recycling – glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminium. This should be easy for everyone as it is basically just home recycling. You can just have your normal recycling bin available for
everyone to drop their waste into.
- Redcycling – soft plastics that can be ‘scrunched’. Redcycle bins are out the front of most Coles and Woolworths supermarkets and accept soft plastics for recycling. Some examples of soft plastics include: biscuit and chip packets, cling film, bread bags, lolly wrappers, bubble wrap, cellophane.
- Compost – all food waste except for meat or dairy. It is very handy to have guests scrape off their own plates and then at the end of the day you can dump it all directly into your compost for the worms.
- Wrapping paper/gift bags – to be reused. Even if you encourage people not to bring a gift or to avoid wrapping paper, it is inevitable that you’ll end up with some, which is okay! The best thing to do is to keep it to be reused for gift giving or craft activities. Most wrapping paper can’t be recycled due to plastic content so it’s better to reuse it.
- Washing up – all reusable plates, cups and cutlery. One of the best ways to have a low-waste party is to avoid all disposable plates, cups and cutlery so make sure you have a bin or bucket where people can place their used items for washing up.
- Laundry – tablecloths, cloth napkins, dress-up clothing, costumes. Use cloth napkins and
tablecloths to avoid more waste and then just dump them in the washing bucket or basket when the meal is over. If you have any other activities involving costumes or painting smocks etc. they can all go into the washing afterwards.
- Landfill – anything that can’t possibly go into the other bins. This is your last resort bin and hopefully, you won’t see much in this bin at the end of the day but there will no doubt be
something that needs to end up in there, just aim for as little as possible.
Encourage your guests to be proactive about waste & spark up a conversation
As people arrive at the party you can show them where the bins are and let them know you are available to answer any questions. You can bet your bottom dollar that people will still put things in the wrong bins, but this is the best way to get most of the waste in the right spot.
We hope you’ve enjoyed Chloe’s tips and let us know in the comments if you found them useful! At Partyora.com we have sourced the best eco friendly and reusable party items to help you celebrate a low waste party.
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