The fourth Thursday in November is a day of indulgence. Way too much turkey. Extra slices of pie. Overflowing garbage cans.

Learn tips on how to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” the upcoming excess at the Zero-Waste Thanksgiving event in the Queens Botanical Garden on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m.

Organized by the NYC Compost Project, a division of the NYC Sanitation Department, Chef Denzell and JJ from the nonprofit All.Things.Cooked will offer kitchen demonstrations, eco-friendly recipes, and earth-friendly practices during this workshop.

The main focus will be on “upcycling,” a DIY craft with an environmental theme and cost-saving undercurrent. In terms of food, attendees will learn how to create meals with such items as carrot tops, turkey bones, and even bread crumbs.

But upcycling includes decorative objects and trinkets, too. Attendees might learn how to paint empty wine bottles and create candle holders, for example. They might learn how to create tablescapes with cork from those bottles, too. Then there’s the multi-purpose coffee tin.

The organizers will also share proactive ways to waste-proof the holiday with the goal that nothing will be left behind this Thanksgiving.

Admission is $6, and registration is required. However, drop-ins will be accepted as per availability. Queens Botanical Garden’s entrance is at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. The parking lot is at 42-80 Crommelin St.

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