Look for gifts with minimal packaging and that are made to last. Better yet, give the gift of a local experience like event tickets, a class, or membership. Check out Create Memories, Not Garbage and their Merry Memory Make for more zero waste gift ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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!).