Saturday, February 7, 2015

Trash Totals // Week 1

I have to admit in some strange way this feels like one of the more intimate things I've posted on the blog to date. But here goes, this is my trash for week 1 (this is actually a little over 1 week as I didn't empty my bins at the start of this project).

Trash - stuff that goes straight from my garbage bin to the dumpster to the landfill



What's in it:

  • Plastic zip lock food pouches
  • Net produce bags
  • Photo paper
  • Zip ties
  • Foil/plastic liners 
  • Soft laminate pre-packaged food containers
  • Plastic foam packaging
  • Blister pack from medication
  • Tissues
  • Dryer Lint
  • Chip and other snack food packaging
Recycling - my complex has a co-mingled recycling bin for plastic, paper and metal


What's in it:
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic clamshells for salad, home supply items
  • Plant pots
  • Newspaper
  • Tea bag wrappers
  • Plastic spice containers
  • Plastic medicine bottles
  • Receipts
  • Junk mail
  • Paper bags
Impressions

First off I'm shocked at how quickly my recycling accumulated! This doesn't even include glass and plastic bags/film (which I will discuss in another post). Obviously this hasn't been a very typical week with the move into a new place and cleaning out our old one. When preparing for these photos I actually found myself pulling things out of the "trash" that I had originally thrown out only to later realize they could actually be recycled. Its also important to note that this does not include my food waste which gets collected separately for compost. 

This exercise has certainly given me time to think about the different things I purchase and how wasteful some of them are in terms of packaging. I have a feeling my trip to the grocery store is going to take longer today as I analyze all the packaging. 

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