Plastic Utensils Put in Garbage Wipe Off Food Residue First Before putting your plastic cutlery out for recycling, it’s best wipe off any food residue first, since food is a major contaminant in the recycling process. Ways to Reduce Pack Reusable Utensils Reduce plastic waste by packing a pair of to-go utensils for on-the-go meals. Metal or bamboo utensils, such as To-Go Ware, are best. Visit To-Go Ware’s online shop. Choose Reusable for Parties Provide guests with reusable utensils when entertaining. Dishes only need to be washed once — plastic will be around long after we’re gone. Ways to Reuse Save Them For Next Time If you buy plastic utensils for a party or event, wash and store them to use later. While flimsy plastic utensils might not hold up over time, if you buy thicker utensils, you can get more uses before recycling them. Did You Know? Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All? Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they are easily recycled and not single-use. There’s a good chance that compostable items will end up in a landfill due to the absence of compost collection services in many places.