By: Marine Debris Program staff
Thanksgiving dinners come in all shapes and sizes – from small “Friendsgiving” get-togethers to large rambunctious family affairs. No matter what you’re doing this year, the amount of trash you’re left with at the end will likely be more than usual. According to the EPA, the volume of household waste in the United States generally increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – about 1 million extra tons.
Some of that waste will undoubtedly become marine debris. We in the Marine Debris Program are so thankful for our ocean (and our partners), and we hope you are too, so here are a few tips you can use to reduce waste and marine debris from your Thanksgiving dinner:
- Take reusable shopping bags to pick up ingredients for your dinner.
- Consider getting bulk ingredients or those that use minimal packaging.
- Use reusable dishes – plates, utensils, and cups.
- If your guest list is bigger than your dish collection and you must use disposables, look for items that can be recycled at your curbside.
- Have a clearly marked recycling bin for your guests. There’s nothing worse than seeing plastic bottles in the trash!
- Check out some thoughts on reducing food waste, as well.
Happy eating and Happy Thanksgiving!