Pre-Game Party Tips

Party tip #2
Get Competitive

Put out a recycling bin for each team, and make it into a competition to see which team recycles the most. Losers have to take out the trash. Remember, if you can keep your recycling bins at least as full as your trash cans, you’re doing great!

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Party tip #3
Twin the Bin

Anywhere you have a trash can, add a recycling bin. There are lots of recyclables in the office, bathroom, and other rooms–get them off the bench and back into the game.

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Party tip #4
Caps on for an Extra Point

Unless your local recycling program has a different stance, plastic recyclers want all they can get–bottle caps included. Screw them back on before tossing your bottle into the bin.

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Party tip #5
Don’t get Clotheslined

Long, stringy items like twine and cords can tangle up recycling machinery and mess up the works for everyone. Trash ’em so you don’t make local recycling machinery fumble.

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Party tip #6
Keep it Loose

Most recyclers don’t want your recycling in a bag–it can jam machinery. Instead just chuck bottles and cans into the bin and they’ll take care of the rest. What to do with those plastic grocery bags instead? Keep an eye out for bag dropoffs at your local grocery store–many have collection bins for them.

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Party tip #7
Recruit the Rookies

At a friend’s house and see them miss an opening to recycle? Recruit them to your team–share these tips, let them know about the local resources or start a friendly neighborhood competition.

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Party tip #8
Keep it Clean (and Dry)

Bottles should be empty, with caps screwed back on. For everything else (cans and pizza boxes included), make sure they are clean and dry–we’re sure someone will take that last slice, but your recycler doesn’t want it.

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Party tip #9
Power Run

Send a letter, tweet, or email to your local elected officials, and ask for more recycling programs. Recruit your friends and neighbors to do the same.

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Party tip #10
Intercept Leftovers

Don’t let leftovers go to waste or get included with recycled items; keep a supply of reusable plastic containers so guests can take extras to go or add them to your compost pile if you’ve got one.

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