How to have a zero waste barbecue

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TechCreche030AYes, you can be forgiven for thinking this is a smart new fangled recycle-on-the-go bin.

But actually it’s a safe vault for storing your car keys and mobile phone.

Well, more accurately, it’s a Tech Crèche!

Yes, those priceless babies you can’t be without – such as the smart phone, tablet and computer games – get safely cared for leaving you free to spend quality time with your family.

It’s the opportunity to swap screen time for play time, with a new initiative launched by the New Forest.

Research shows that seven in 10 children believe their parents are constantly glued to their mobile devices, whilst six in 10 parents believe their kids are doing the same thing.

The research also revealed 20% of kids believe their parents put work before their family, whilst 40% admit they sometimes communicate with their parents by text, email, and social media at home, when they’re in another room.

Once you’ve handed over your 21st century gadgetry you’re free to explore the New Forest on their open-topped bus. And with no distractions from technology, who knows, you might actually have a meaningful conversation!

And while you’re there, why not enjoy a zero waste barbecue; here’s how:

Burgers and sausages

By using your local butcher you’re helping to support the local economy. Ask your butcher if they will fill your own reusable container to save on packaging.

Veggie options

Make skewers from rosemary sprigs or use wooden skewers which can be composted after use. Fill the skewers with tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers bought loose from a farmers market. You’ll be able to buy exactly the amount you want without any packaging.


Many bakers sell their products loose or in paper bags. Or by using a bread machine you can make bread while you sleep; you’ll save money and packaging too.


If you’ve got cooked leftover meat, store it in a lidded container as soon as it has cooled down and put in the fridge; then use for sandwiches, curries or a casserole. Salads and vegetables can be made into soups or chopped up and stirred through cooked rice or pasta.


Stick to your every day crockery, and pack a traditional hamper. If you’re catering for a lot of people keep a look out for compostable crockery. These are made from plant fibres and can be added to your compost heap once you’ve finished eating. Used serviettes can be composted too.

Check out this cute video which highlights the Tech Crèche campaign then tell me your tips for a zero waste barbecue: