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Big Game Game Plan: Recycle Bottles and Cans

Your friends and family may have consumed a lot of drinks during the big game, and if you don’t have a plan for recycling, the number of soda cans and bottles you’re left with can feel overwhelming. You might just decide it’s not worth the effort and throw everything away. However, if you make a plan now to recycle bottles and cans during your parties, it could really pay off – both for you and the environment!

Label Your Recycling Bin Clearly 

Americans buy 650 million beverage containers for Super Bowl Sunday. Nationwide, the overall recycling rate for aluminum cans is 54.5%, and the rate for glass bottles is 34.2%. Make the rate 100% at your Super Bowl party! Simply set out a blue recycling bin to make it easy to recycle cans and bottles.

Sadly, plenty of trash from your get-together can’t be recycled, so be sure to also leave out a regular garbage can for paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and empty chip bags. To cut down on overall waste, use washable plates and silverware whenever possible.

Let Your Guests Know About Your Recycling Efforts

Not everyone has the eco-friendly mindset that you do. To avoid any confusion or frustration during the festivities, simply let your guests know you’re trying to cut down on waste at your Super Bowl party this year.

You don’t need to make a big deal out of the announcement – just point out the trash can and easily accessible recycling bin. Then, explain which items you’d like to have placed in the recycling bin, including aluminum cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles. Tell your friends not to hesitate to ask if they have any questions about your recycling efforts.

Buy in Bulk

Single-serve soda cans, water bottles, and beer bottles are convenient, but you can cut down on the amount of plastic, glass, and aluminum everyone goes through by purchasing items in bulk. For instance, buy a few two-liter soda bottles, water by the gallon, and a reusable beer keg.

Then, have every guest label their own red Solo cup, which they can fill and refill with the beverage of their choice throughout the party. Remember to still recycle the bulk containers at the end of the night, but put those Solo cups in the trash. As a No. 6 plastic, these are not recyclable.

Track Down a Local Plastic Bottle Recycling Center

In several states – including California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Vermont – you can recycle bottles and cans for money! This means recycling trash from your Super Bowl party isn’t just good for the environment – it’s also good for your wallet.

Find nearby deposit and recycling centers, which will pay you for empty aluminum cans and plastic water bottles by weight or the number of items you collect. Call around prior to Super Bowl Sunday, so you know what rules apply.

For example, some centers only accept cans and bottles used to hold carbonated beverages, including beer and soda. Others also take wine, liquor, and water bottles. Store-based centers may only redeem containers of the brands they sell. Finding out this information ahead of time will tell you which center is the best for aluminum, glass, and plastic bottle recycling.

Enjoy a Greener Party!

With these tips to recycle bottles and cans on game day, you’ll feel good about the role you’re playing for the environment. If you hope to upcycle any used glass products from your party, contact Glass Doctor® for ideas!

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