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If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, here are some tips to help cut back on waste as you plan for a delicious holiday meal. A complete PDF list of the following tips can be found online. 

1. Plan your shopping list.

Take a moment to plan your shopping list; only buy what you know you’ll use. This is especially important when purchasing perishable items like produce, dairy, and meat. Don't forget to bring your reusable bags! 

2. Skip paper or plastic dishware.

Ditch disposable, and go for reusable cutlery, dishware, and napkins. They are better for the environment and reduce your trash load for the holiday week.

3. Take only what you’ll eat.

On a holiday that is all about eating, it’s easy for your eyes to grow bigger than your stomach. Be mindful of your serving size. Give yourself, or ask for, small portions. You can always go back for more!

4. Don’t throw away food!

Eat what you can first, and compost second.

If you have a lot of extra food, pack doggy bags for your guests and/or freeze extra food.

Compost food scraps like potato peels, eggshells, and bones. If you receive curbside trash, recycling, and organics collection services from the City, you can compost at the curb.

Check out the new Curbside Composting Guide for a list of accepted materials. Learn more at icgov.org/organics.

5. Recycle cooking oil, corks, and glass.

Frying a turkey? Recycle the oil. Place it in a sealed plastic bottle, label it ‘vegetable oil,’ and drop it off in the Oil Recycling Shed at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE, or at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Ave. SW.

Glass is accepted at both of these locations and the South Riverside Recycling Center, 1200 South Riverside Drive. Wine corks can be recycled at the East Side Recycling Center in the designated bin in the Oil Recycling Shed.

Curbside service schedule reminder.

Curbside trucks will not collect on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Thursday and Friday routes will both be collected Friday, Nov. 26, 2021; please only set your carts out if they are full. 

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Date of publication

Tuesday, November 02, 2021