How to Plan a Waste-Free BBQ

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A holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to invite friends and family over for a backyard barbecue. And while it’s great to recycle all those beer cans and tubs of spinach dip once the party is over, why not go further and try to reduce your waste at the source? Before you fire up the grill, here are six simple ways to host a waste-free barbecue.

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1. Stock up on low-waste snacks

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A good party host knows to set out plenty of snacks and appetizers for guests to munch on while they wait for the main course from the grill.

To find low-waste starters, scour the bulk food aisle at your local grocery store for pretzels, nuts and dried fruits. Skip the pre-made carrot and celery sticks wrapped in plastic packaging, and buy loose produce to slice yourself. You can further reduce your waste by taking home bulk items and produce from the store in your own reusable cloth bags.

Or, if you’re feeling inspired to get creative in the kitchen, consider making your own hummus, spinach dip, or salsa using these simple recipes from The Daily Meal. By making your own versions of these store-bought, plastic-packaged snacks, you can shop for ingredients that come in minimal packaging and compost the food scraps.

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