Today we’re going to talk trash. I was grumbling the other day about how much garbage we toss every week.
I just don’t see how we can accumulate three bags (standard 13 gallon kitchen bags) of garbage a week. I’m generally pretty good about recycling and composting, so what exactly is in my trash?
Greg broke it down for me one day when he bundled up the last bag. The bulk of our trash contained:
• 1 large plastic orange juice container
• 2 liter Coke bottle empties (I’m a soft drink junkie–don’t judge me.)
• Plastic wrappers/boxes from fruit and veggies
• A wine bottle
• A couple of tin cans from tomato sauce and beans
• Empty glass/plastic containers from mayonnaise, ketchup, and soy sauce. (It was actually a field day for containers because it happened to be the day I used up several condiments.)
• Dog waste (once a week)
We don’t live in an area that picks up recycled materials, and there are only so many glass jars and plastic containers I can use at home. We do try to recycle things like peanut jars and mini jars because they come in useful for a large variety of things.
Greg keeps all aluminum cans. He claims he’s going to build a forge and wants to use the aluminum in his metalworking. They’re not in the house, so that’s all I care about.
I used to keep the two liter soda empties to hold beans and rice, but I have all I need now. Butter and whipped cream tubs are handy for small batches of broth. All organic matter goes straight to the compost bins. Other things like boxes, cardboard, and paper are burned whenever we burn brush several times a year.
Dog waste is the only organic compound we don’t compost. One reason is because they are meat eaters and I don’t want to introduce a different set of bacteria into our compost. It’s probably safe, but since I use the compost for food crops, I’d rather not take the chance.
So how about you? Do you think our trash is normal for our society? What kind of things do you throw out regularly? Does your community offer recycling?