Departamento del Medio Ambiente de San Francisco

Zero Waste Your Party

Follow these easy steps to reduce, reuse, and recycle during your next party.

Buy What You Need, Borrow the Rest

  • Double check your cupboard so you don’t buy more food than you need.

  • Use durable dishes and utensils instead of one-time use dishware and utensils.

  • Avoid hard to recycle packaging like mylar packaging (chip bags).

  • Borrow big platters or extra utensils from your friends or neighbors.

Set Up Your Bins for Success

  • Make your own Recycling, Composting, and Landfill signs with the Signmaker!

  • Keep all three bins are close together for easy access.

  • Consider using a large compost bin so all compostables end up in the right bin.

Recycling and Composting Cheat Sheet


  • Glass bottles and jars

  • Plastic bottles, jugs, utensils, and straws

  • Metal containers and aluminum foil

  • Paper and cardboard

  • Aseptic containers - off the shelf (non-refrigerated) liquids containers


  • All food scraps including meat, bones, and cheese

  • Food-soiled paper, such as butcher paper and paper towels

  • Toothpicks and wooden skewers

  • Plastics labeled “compostable”


  • Chip bags

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