Plastic Utensils Landfill Reduce Your Waste Instead of using disposable plastic utensils – use reusables! There are some great reusable cutlery packs that you can carry on you or have at your desk. In fact, fill out the form at go.lbl.gov/cutlery and we’ll send you a set to keep on hand. 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. Bonus: Reusing plastic you have is great, but not using it is even better. Consider buying a bunch of utensils from a source like Goodwill and putting them in a basket. They’re more study than plastic utensils and you can use them indefinitely. 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. Yet reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they are easily recycled and not single use. Keep in mind that there’s a good chance that compostables will end up in a landfill, due to the absence of compost collection services in many places.