Five tips to green your tailgate

Also get try out 4th-and-Goal Guacamole

Houston – Whether it’s a fantasy team, a local high school or an alma mater, it seems like everyone is
in love with football. For those who go to the games, what happens during the tailgate is just as memorable
as anything after kickoff.

But with all that celebration comes a lot of unnecessary waste (just look at the parking lot afterwards).
That’s why at the start of football season, Waste Management distributed tips to fans and customers on how
to green their tailgate parties. Curious what you can do? Check out our Top Five tips:

  1. Know your recyclables. Before any game, know in advance what can and can’t be recycled.
    For example, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard are often recyclable, while other
    items — like foam cups — sometimes aren’t.
  2. Buy in bulk. You’ll reduce packaging waste, save money and reduce the odds of running out
    of a crucial item, like hot sauce.
  3. Use reusable cups and dishes. If you must buy one-use items, get paper-based plates and
    cups that can be composted.
  4. Grill naturally. Barbecuing or grilling with natural products — like chemical-free charcoal —
    is more sustainable and better for the food.
  5. Cook with local ingredients. Buying from the community supports the local economy and
    reduces the emissions and packaging needed to transport products across great distances.
    Want some inspiration? Check out our recipe for 4th-and-Goal Guacamole.

4th-and-Goal Guacamole

 1 large avocado
¼ cup sweet onion (chopped)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons oregano
½ cup chopped bacon, chorizo and chipotle chiles

Mix together. Serve with tortilla chips.