Try waste free BBQs this summer
We all love summer BBQs with family and friends – but between everyone bringing a packet of sausages and using disposable plates and cutlery, they can generate a lot of waste! Check out our top three tips to make your next BBQ zero waste:
Go reusable or compostable:
- Build up a stash of reusable crockery – charity shops or the reuse shop at the Otaihanga Transfer Station are good options to stock up on a low-cost medley of crockery. Perhaps you can get close friends to volunteer for a dishwashing shift, or even hire the neighbour’s teenager to help with dishes for a bigger event?
- Ask your guests to bring their own plate and utensils, or borrow some in advance.
- Compostable serveware is the next best option, if you can compost them at home. Our Event Packaging Guidelines have a useful overview of compostable options.
Take your containers and produce bags shopping
- Most butchers, as well as the deli counters at Pak'n'Save and New World, will happily fill your containers for waste free meat shopping.
- Reusable produce bags are great to shop for salad ingredients the zero-waste way.
Love your leftovers
- Invite your guests to take some leftovers home – perhaps encourage them to bring some containers.
- Try these recipe ideas for leftover BBQ meat and sausages.
- Make sure you keep food safe in the heat to get the most out of your leftovers.