Celebrating in May need not cost the earth

Celebrating in May need not cost the earth

Are you celebrating the Royal Wedding and FA cup final with friends, neighbours and family?

Here is our checklist to help the party go with a swing while ensuring you waste far less and recycle much more.

• Get everyone to share food and drink. Great recipes at Love Food Hate Waste: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes
• Coordinate for dishes to suit all tastes while avoiding gluts of some items.
• Let people serve themselves to control portion sizes. Calculate how much to make with this tool: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portion-planner
• On the day, cut waste by keeping supplies back in the fridge and opening packaged foods only when needed.
• Avoid single-use plastic cutlery, plates and cups by using your own washable items, or by borrowing or hiring if you need more.
• Share chairs, tables, table cloths and catering equipment with neighbours and friends rather than buying one-off items.
• Borrow or make your own bunting – how-to here: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/bunting
• Say “no” to the waste or risk to wildlife from plastic drinking straws, balloon releases or Chinese lanterns.
• Get everyone to help clear up the party take waste home to put into their rubbish and recycling.
• Use rechargeable batteries for portable audio equipment.

Speed up the clearing up

Have empty recycling boxes ready so that plastic and glass bottles, glass jars, food and drink cans, aluminium foil can be rinsed and separated for recycling. Note: metal beer kegs cannot be recycled in kerbside boxes; please take these to recycling sites. For replacement recycling boxes: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/order-containers/

Rinsed and squashed plastic food pots, tubs and trays can now be recycled at any Somerset recycling site.

Offer “doggy bags” or reusable boxes so people can take away any leftover food.

Have food waste bins and compostable liners or old newspapers for any food not edible. For advice: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/food-waste/

Only then bring out the black sacks for any waste that cannot be recycled.

PS: Planning a barbecue for the big day? Avoid a fire that could threaten your family by checking our advice about not putting hot ash and other danger items in your rubbish: https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/slider/how-to-prevent-a-blaze-in-your-refuse-bin/. 


Planning future street parties?

National and Somerset advice and links on street parties and other events:

Gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party

Street Party http://www.streetparty.org.uk/

Eden Project Big Lunch https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/

Great Get Together https://www.greatgettogether.org/

And in Somerset

Mendip, organising an event/filming on council land http://www.mendip.gov.uk/events or road closures for special events http://www.mendip.gov.uk/rc

Sedgemoor, planning a street party http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/2328/Planning-a-street-party-

Somerset County Council, road closures http://www.somerset.gov.uk/roads-parking-and-transport/road-closures/apply-to-close-a-road-for-street-works/

South Somerset District Council, street parties https://www.southsomerset.gov.uk/licensing,-permits,-registrations-and-notifications/street-parties/

Taunton Deane, holding a street party http://www.tauntondeane.gov.uk/street-licensing/holding-street-party/

West Somerset, street parties https://www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/Environment/Licensing/General-Licences/Street-Parties