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Reduce Waste: Kick Game Day Party Trash to the Curb

Cristie Snyder

The big football game is coming, and excitement is building! But the big game, and the parties that accompany it, generate a lot of trash. Let’s reduce waste by kicking game day party trash to the curb. Here’s how you can be prepared to tackle waste and recycle right during football’s main event.

Choose reusable cups and utensils.

Instead of buying single-use disposable plastic varieties that can’t be recycled curbside, invest in reusable cups and utensils. If you need more than you have on hand, you can usually buy them very inexpensively at thrift, discount, and secondhand shops. After your party, just put them in the dishwasher — instead of sending them off to the landfill — and store them in a box until your next event.

Consider a decorative or event-themed reusable cup.

Have reusable cups on hand as a fun party favor (and have a permanent marker available so each guest can write their name on their cup). These are often used for years — instead of hours.

Get out the old china dishes.

Avoid using paper plates and foil pans – none are recyclable. If you are packaging leftovers, reuse plastic containers or glass jars instead of throw-away alternatives.

Serve beverages from aluminum cans, aluminum cups, and glass bottles.

Aluminum and glass bottles, cups, and cans can be placed in your curbside recycling cart or bin during and after the party. Ready to ditch the non-recyclable single-use plastic cup? Learn more about aluminum cups.


Don’t forget your reusable bags when you head out for pre-party shopping.

With a little bit of effort, you can kick game day party trash to the curb by planning ahead to reduce your waste and recycle right during the big game. Check out our additional tips on waste reduction and using less plastic.

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is the public agency helping the people of Cuyahoga County, Ohio reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, at work, and in their communities.