Tomorrow is garbage pickup day at our home. My husband Michael gathered all the trash in the house; from the 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, den, living room and kitchen. We live outside the city and have trash pickup once a week, so we have this huge garbage transporter on wheels.
When Michael came back inside from wheeling the garbage to the end of the driveway, he had a funny look on his face. I asked him what was wrong. He turned to me and said, "All we had was one kitchen-sized trash bag." I did not understand, so he restated, "We only used one bag's worth of trash this week." Then he broke into a big smile and said, "We are recycling almost every thing we use!"
Now that he can see the real impact of the recycling we do, he is vested in it. It has taken a few years, but now we can see that we will be able to do away with garbage collection completely. That will be a savings of over $20 per month.
Recycle, reuse, repurpose, pass it on
- recycle all cardboard
- recycle all paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, medication/makeup inserts
- recycle all aluminum
- recycle all metal (lids of jars, the cutout when you open a tin can, and things the kids find)
- recycle all glass
- recycle all 1-3 plastics & try not to buy them
- recycle Styrofoam and cornstarch pellets that are used for packing
- do not purchase items with more waste than product
- choose glass over plastic
- do not purchase 4+ plastics
- keep cloth bags in all cars for shopping
- if a plastic page is brought home, it is used as a trash can liner in the bathrooms
- save padded envelopes and bubbled mailers to use again
- rehab items and buy used instead of buying new
- compost all yard waste and kitchen waste
- if you have trees trimmed or removed, have them chipped and use the chips as mulch
- use newspaper as mulch and weed killer (find out how at MotherEarthNews)