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Sorting Your Gameday Spread

Win or lose, it’s safe to say it’s not a football watch party without a few essentials – the food of course! Have you already started planning out your Super Bowl nacho spread? Do you have the perfect chili recipe for tailgating? Are you an expert hotdog chef complete with homemade garnishes? Whether you’re in it for the love of the game or just the love of a perfect crispy chicken wing, we have everything you need for tackling your gameday snack attack.

No matter which team you’re rooting for this season, avoid a penalty flag from your Utility (and possibly a sewage backup) by following these sortation guidelines at your next gameday get together.


  • *Plastic wrap
  • Chip bags
  • *Plastic bags
  • Plastic tubs that are less than 3 inches in diameter
  • Loose lids of any material less than 3 inches in diameter
  • Loose plastic bottle caps less than 3 inches in diameter
  • Metal beer and soda caps less than 3 inches in diameter
  • Large amounts of grease and fat (let it cool and place it in a container with a lid)

*These items can be recycled via drop off at a participating locations. Find out more at

Recycle (empty, clean, & dry)

  • Cans
  • Bottles
  • Plastic jugs and tubs
  • Glass jars
  • Cartons or Tetra Paks. Plastic spouts don’t need to be removed to recycle Tetra Pak cartons. Caps should be removed and placed in the garbage.
  • Loose plastic and metal lids 3 inches in diameter or larger
  • Small plastic bottle caps if screwed onto an empty plastic bottle
  • **Put small metal caps, such as beer and soda caps, in a metal can or container so they are not loose and drop off in scrap metal bin at the Transfer Stations.
  • **Used cooking oil (a free special collection service, do NOT place in your cart). Never put fat, oil, or grease down the drain as it may cause a sewage backup.

**These items should NOT go in your curbside cart.


Remember, when in doubt, find out! You can look up many items using SPU’s online Where Does It Go tool.

And if you need some help with the leftovers, check out SPU’s Love Food Stop Waste page for more tips on reducing food waste in your home and storing food properly.