Did you invite friends over to watch the big game, or enjoy a night with the family? If the answer is yes, then there was probably food involved.
And if any of that culinary deliciousness came in cans or plastic containers, there’s a good chance the packages are recyclable! Touchdown!!
For example, empty dressing bottles, chip dip containers, cracker boxes, and party mix boxes can all be recycled in curbside recycling programs. Plastic bottles are made back into a variety of products (depending on the type of plastic), like playground sets, plastic lumber, carpet, and sleeping bag insulation. Paperboard from snack boxes can become a new paperboard box, paper bag, and more!
And that’s only one side of the coin. When there’s food involved, there’s usually a variety of beverages to go around…and around…and around.
Most of those beverages come in plastic bottles (mainly #1 PET), but maybe you limited the plastic waste by purchasing drinks in aluminum cans. And that’s great! Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing quality. Another touchdown!
Recycling all that packaging can be your defensive line to protect the environment by conserving resources without getting sacked by trash. Keep the trash can from overflowing by spinning materials back into a useful product life cycle with a green footprint that goes long.