Want to host a green barbecue this summer? Here are a few helpful suggestions.

Summer is a popular time for barbeques and other outdoor festivities. While you may be tempted to purchase disposable items, keep your barbeque green by following a few simple tips

At your get together, set the picnic table with reusable dinnerware.  Have a container set up with hot, soapy water where guests can easily deposit their utensils when finished. That will not only keep them contained, but will let them soak so that washing them later will be a breeze.

Supply a large garbage can and label the outside ‘recycling.’  This will make it easy for your guests to dispose of their bottles and cans.  If you have a large plastic tote or container, that would work as well.  If you have a trash can or container to dedicate to that purpose cut a small circular hole in the top of the lid to further ensure that only recycling will be deposited into that container.

Hot summer days require gallons of thirst quenchers. Be sure to recycle the used beverage containers. Consider setting up a ‘drink station’ with pitchers of water, punch, or iced tea.  Rather than using disposable cups, use washable, plastic cups.

Not sure which grill is the most eco-friendly?  Electric grills release 99% less carbon monoxide and 91% less carbon dioxide than grilling with charcoal. Propane and gas also provide alternatives to the traditional charcoal grill. Burning charcoal and/or wood can irritate lungs, allergies, and asthma and create smoke and smog.  Stick to what burns clean in order to have a green barbecue party.

You have the tools and the date, but what about the food?  You can actually eat green.  Grilling vegetables is easy, and also delicious.  Foods such as asparagus, zucchini, corn on the cob, onions, peppers and mushrooms all develop tremendous flavor on the grill with minimal seasonings.  If you are really inspired, try growing your own garden (or join a community garden) and harvest your own vegetables.  A perfect excuse to host a barbecue is a large harvest to share with friends.

And of course, there is the meat for grilling. Consider free range or organic meat. Be cautious of labels claiming “natural” as the definition of this is not set by the USDA.  Look for the label USDA Organic to ensure there are no were no genetically modified grains fed to the animal. Not only are organic meats generally hormone/preservative free, you’ll notice a difference in taste and quality, too.

Papillion Sanitation encourages you to be green and reduce, reuse and recycle.  If you have any questions regarding our services we are happy to help.  Please visit our website at www.papillion-sanitation.com, or call our office at 402.346.7800.