Yep, I’ve resorted to weighing my “trash”. I don’t actually call it trash, I call it rubbish, but it doesn’t have the same drawl… Anyhow.
Am I getting any better at getting to zero waste? Well how would I measure that? Which is why I have started weighing bags of the stuff, and so over time we can look at how often I’m sending things to landfill and also how much, in real terms, is being sent.
I have three ‘trash’ bins in my apartment- one in the bedroom, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. The kitchen gets emptied far more regularly, with the other two being on a ‘when full’ basis (seeing I don’t have anything decomposing and stinky, this doesn’t worry me, and it saves wasting the precious few plastic bags I have, by having a routine to emptying the bins). My weight totals aren’t likely to be consistent given they rely on reusing plastic bags that enter my home.
Here’s what I’ve tracked so far
610g on 29 March
232g on 4 April
What was in there? Let me break it down to serial offenders, and one time specials.
- Tissues – will too many of these disturb the Bokashi bin’s balance?
- Backing from 3M adhesive – I don’t ‘always’ have this, but often enough that it features regularly. There was a lot this week due to the lighting in the dining room coming with it.
- Backing from contact adhesive (for under the sink protection)
- Plastic bags from food – apricots, again! cheese – again! snacks – again! Rice noodles – something that’s not at the bulk store. Rocket – plastic tray AND bag (the green grocer was out that day, otherwise I did almost dodge this waste)
- Meat trays – from the grab and go section, so things like prosciutto, prawns and the like. I really need a local deli to cut this one out.
- Plastic wrappers from recyclable bottles – I think I’m just esoteric. These are probably recyclable. But seeing I separated the bottle from the bottle for another purpose, I just went and ‘binned’ the plastic sleeve.
- Sponge – despite everyone’s thoughts that these are germ hoarders, I remain a sponge user. Every now and then, they get too old, smelly, fall-apart-y and they get trashed. I know I can be compostable ones from the US, but the mailing costs (even within the US) are exorbitant…
- Wooden skewer – conflicted on these – they aren’t really compostable, but then they aren’t really trash… nor recycling. And when in doubt :s
- Band aids – not sure I will ever be using a zero waste adaption
One time offenders:
- Old silicon
- Cracked mug – these aren’t permitted for recycling, and wouldn’t be worthy of a second hand shop.
- Stamps – I skipped a lot of trashing with my recent DIY stamp map, BUT, I did discover stamps that were too damaged for collecting/swaping/using, so they went in the bin
- Chocolate tray – to celebrate the end of Lent, my friends brought me some Lindt chocolate balls, which come with a pesky inner tray that isn’t recyclable 😦
- Baggage tags – I refuse to boycott travel so I don’t have this type of waste – this was a friend’s baggage tag though.
- Easter egg foil – at least it’s not regularly Easter. Wonder if this foil might actually be recyclable?
- Sim card – mixed plastics with metals. At least it’s not a regular trash item
This post is inspired by the work done by Everyday Life on a Shoe String to Slim your Bin and as always Zero Waste Home.
Any helpful suggestions and comments on how I can reduce the regular trash items (or one time offenders)?