Shop with waste prevention and recycling in mind.
Purchase your holiday food staples in bulk. If that’s not possible, look for packaging that can be recycled, such as broth cartons, steel cans, and empty aluminum pie tins. Familiarize yourself with Denver’s recycling guidelines prior to shopping to know what can be recycled in your purple cart.
Lots of resources go into creating disposable tableware that’s only used once. If you don’t already, skip the paper plates, plastic utensils, and napkins and incorporate reusable dinnerware into your family tradition! Thrift stores a great way to stock up on reusable and eclectic dishware for entertaining.
Maximize recycling by recycling right.
Most holiday food packaging, such empty bottles, cans, cartons, and tubs, are recyclable in your purple cart. The same is true for plain holiday cards. We will not be accepting ANY wrapping paper this holiday season and onward for recycling. This includes plain, metallic, and glittery paper. Remember-- plastic bags, metallic or glittery cards, photo paper, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, old toys, and tissue paper do NOT belong in your purple cart and should be avoided, reused, or placed in the trash.
Prevent Food Waste
Participate in Seasonal Programs Offered by Denver Recycles.
Bring your unwanted holiday lights to our Cherry Creek Recycle Drop Off as part of Recycle Your Holiday Lights. And, don’t forget to participate in Treecycle after the holidays!
Compost your food waste and napkins.
The Denver Composts program is perfect for keeping wasted food, leftovers, bones, dairy, vegetable scraps, and paper napkins and paper towels out of the landfill by turning them into a useful soil amendment known as compost. After you make a delicious broth from your turkey carcass, remember to place it in your green cart with the rest of your carrot tops and potato peels. Not a Denver Composts customer? Sign up today.
Don’t let those delicious holiday meal leftovers go bad before they’re eaten. Read up on proper and preferred food storage tips.
Try the Guestimator tool.
Planning meals for large groups can be difficult and costly. Take the guess work out of meal prep and try this Guestimator tool (don’t worry, the tool lets you plan for leftovers!).