Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and whether you’re in it for the game, the half-time show, or simply to party, one thing’s for sure - there will be a lot of waste from all the food and drinks. Follow these tips and you won’t fumble your game-day recycling.
- Pizza boxes. While pizza boxes are made of recyclable cardboard, once a box is soiled with cheese and grease, it’s not recyclable. Only clean cardboard can be made into new paper, and that dirty pizza box creates a larger problem when placed in recycling bins because it can contaminate clean recyclables.
- Aluminum cans. Beer, soda, seltzers… all cans are recyclable! Aluminum is forever recyclable and provides unrivaled benefits for sustainability. One recycled can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours - that’s an entire game!
- Plastic bottles. Americans buy 50 billion plastic bottles of water a year, yet only one of every four is recycled. This is a huge penalty because those bottles can be made into a host of everyday products like athletic clothing.
- Paper plates and napkins. Like pizza boxes, these items are not recyclable when soiled with food and liquid. Opt for reusable or biodegradable disposable servingware.
- Plastic utensils. Unfortunately, not everything made of plastic is recyclable, and recycling plastic utensils is completely dependent on your local facility, so check with your service provider.
Even if you follow this advice, you won’t score a touchdown unless everything in your recycling is empty, clean and dry to avoid soiling all the clean materials in the bin. For more articles about recycling, please visit our blog and check out our game day scorecard below.