some eco-friendly food waste (aka half-loved food)
tips for holiday entertaining
‘Tis the season for holiday parties! If it’s with your office mates, friends, or family – getting together to share a drink, conversation and some good food brings warmth, joy and laughter to our lives during the holiday season. An inevitable result of our get togethers is an increase in leftover and half-loved foods. I don’t know about you, but when I’m at a party with a selection of homemade goodies, I allow myself to indulge but typically my eyes are bigger than my stomach and it hurts my conscious to just throw the half-loved food away.
We thought we would put together some holiday season food tips to help you manage your organic waste and other recyclables over the holiday season:
Tip 1: Why not set up a Zero Waste Station?
Zero waste stations are a one-stop-shop for all recycling needs and very common these days. Typically these stations feature a separate bag for plastics, glass, metal, paper, and food scraps for fast and efficient separation. Depending on how many streams your recycling system accepts, you can customize. Zero Waste Stations can be found in many offices and homes these days, so your guests will know what they are.
Most party venues would typically have a garbage bin near the food and drink tables for people’s napkins and other finger food waste, so why not just tuck a zero waste station under the table instead?
Tip 2: Create compost not garbage
Did you know you can throw your napkins, paper towels, paper plates, and even pizza boxes in your organics bin? Take these out of your garbage and throw them in the organics bin to lower your garbage levels. If you are using plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, consider using paper ones instead.
VIDEO: Create Compost Not Garbage courtesy of Metro Vancouver
Tip 3: Wipe your greasy pans clean with paper towel
Let’s put these urban legends to rest – pouring hot water or liquid soap with hot liquid grease down your drain will NOT keep your pipes clear. Did you know the City of Vancouver alone spends over $2million each year unclogging greasy drain pipes?
Metro Vancouver accepts paper towel with grease on them in their organic recycling program. Just wait until the grease in your pan has hardened, and then wipe them with a paper towel. Throw your paper towel into the organics bin and you just saved yourself a potentially costly plumbing issue!
Wipe it, Green Bin it with Vikram Vij courtesy of Metro Vancouver:
Tip 4: Consider preparing whole foods
If you shop and prepare whole foods during the holiday season the less food packaging you will use and the healthier your food will be. Packaging from processed food is one of the biggest contributors to landfills. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, bulk products, etc simply use less packaging and are filled with nutrients to keep you and your loved ones nourished over the holiday season.
Tip 5: Dine out at Eco-Friendly Establishments
You have the power to choose where you spend your money and what businesses you want to support with your hard-earned dollars. There are many restaurant and food establishment options other there. Consider supporting local, socially and environmentally conscious restaurants which have made a commitment to bettering our world.
Bonus Tip: Recycle your used cooking oil!
Used Cooking Oil Recycling At Home:
Check out our map for current recycling depots that offer EcoZero used cooking oil recycling
Used Cooking Oil Recycling for Business:
Food companies that choose to work with us have shown their commitment to bettering BC’s environment and economy and share our vision of a greener future for BC. Visit our website for information and contact us today www.ecozero.ca
Do you have any other food waste recycling tips for the holidays? Share below, we’d love to hear from you!