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How to recycle your Jubilee party decorations

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How to recycle your jubilee party decorations

It feels like every shop in the UK is embracing their red, white and blue decorations at the moment – and we love it! Clothing, decorations, food, and beverages are all available to be purchased in all their patriotic glory. These decorations will look fantastic across the country as households come together to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this Bank Holiday. 

Although there are many options to choose from for your decorations and food, we have put together some ways you can make sustainable choices and recycle your packaging once the parties are over.

1. Bunting

Who doesn’t love a bit of bunting, especially in patriotic colours? It’s perfect for hanging on the walls or across the table, but it can be even better if it is made from recyclable material! Bunting is often made from plastic but can easily be made at home from household materials. This can be a fun family activity if you have children, or even just love a bit of crafting yourself. Whether you have some old fabric or you can find some in a charity shop, cut them into triangles and attach them to string for a repurposed, eco-friendly decoration! Or, paper chains can be a fun way to reuse old paper or cardboard, and this is recyclable, too.

2. Plastic cups

Although it can be tempting to buy the blue, red and white plastic cups on sale in the supermarkets, it’s best to avoid buying plastic cups and cutlery and make use of the glasses you already have at home. If you’re still wanting to add some colour to the occasion, you could buy colourful paper straws that can be easily put into your recycling at the end of your party. Or, try adding food colouring into your ice cube trays for a fun addition to your Jubilee drinks. If you do buy plastic cups, try to wash and then reuse them for other parties. Place them into your council recycling boxes when you’re finished with them.

3. Tablecloths

Similarly to plastic cups, plastic tablecloths are available to buy in stores, but there are more sustainable options. Paper tablecloths are available to buy in more stores and online, but you can also use any kind of fabric you have to make one yourself. For example, if you have an old sheet big enough to be placed over the table, you can create bright and fun patterns using a tie-dye method in patriotic colours. This sheet can then be reused for future parties and reduce your plastic usage.

4. Food and drink

We can all be guilty of buying too much food than we need for parties, they’re exciting to plan for, and we want everything to go smoothly. However, buying too much food can often lead to wastage. To avoid overbuying, it’s handy to write a list of how many people will attend the party and what food items you are going to buy. Try and stick to this list when you go shopping, and don’t be tempted by anything else that’s on offer! 

As well as this, consider what foods you can make yourself from scratch, for example, sausage rolls, salads and cakes. Baking and cooking will help to reduce food packaging and plastic waste.

Once food has been prepared and put out on the table, make sure there is enough room in your fridge and cupboards for it to be stored afterwards to avoid waste. If there is too much for you to keep, ask your party guests to bring reusable containers to take leftovers home with them.

Other party waste you can recycle:

  • Aluminium foil and trays can be put into your household recycling bin, as long as they are cleaned and there is no food left.
  • Cardboard packaging will need any tape removed and should be flattened before being placed into the recycling bins provided by your local council.
  • Aluminium cans and tins should be emptied, cleaned and dried before being placed in the recycling bin.
  • Some councils will allow you to put glass bottles and jars into your recycling boxes. It’s best to check your local council website and what they accept before doing so. All glass should be washed and dried before recycling. If your council does not allow glass on their kerbside collections, it can be taken to your local recycling centre. 
  • Paper plates can be recycled, but only if they are clean and have no food residue. It’s best to use your standard household crockery where possible. 

If you are doing garden clearances to prepare for your Jubilee parties, our 4-yard and 6-yard skips are perfect for these types of clearances. Enter your postcode into our skip hire journey to receive a price for all our skip sizes in your area.