There are some simple things you can do to reduce the amount of waste from your barbeque events.
- Crush cans and squash bottles before you put them into your recycling bin. This will significantly increase the amount of space available in your recycling bin.
- Have a few smaller tubs or receptacles around your BBQ area where your guests can dispose of their bottles and cans. If you make it easy then people will happily do this. It will also save you the clean-up operation the next day!
- If your recycling bin is full you can drop off the excess bottles and cans at the Geelong or Drysdale Resource Recovery Centres for free.
- Before you go shopping for food work out how many people you need to cater for and write a list to avoid over catering and wasting food.
- Meat sold in the supermarket uses a far bit of packaging. Empty plastic meat trays can go in your recycling bin. The polystyrene meat trays go in the rubbish bin.
- Another option is to buy meat from the local butcher. They can put it altogether in bulk to reduce packaging - or better yet, bring your own container to save using any packaging!
- Avoid using disposable plates and cutlery. Instead invest in some nice plastic ones that can be reused. This not only stops the unnecessary contribution to landfill but will also save you money in the long run.
- Store any left over food in reusable containers and enjoy for lunch the next day.
Source: KS Environmental Group