December 8, 2008

Garbage, Trash, and Other Junk

Posted in Waste Disposal tagged , , , at 8:00 am by allisonwonder

God’s getting be back for all the bitching I did when we lived in St. John’s about the inadequate recycling programs. I now live in a far more trash-conscious area of the country, and the recycling program is excellent… or a pain in the ass, depending on how you look at it. Because of the aforementioned bitching, I’m officially not allowed to call it a PITA.

Speaking of pitas, we’re expected to compost (oooooh, nice segue!). How, you might wonder, is this enforced? We put our trash out in clear plastic bags. All of it. I’ve been told that it’s possible to throw out food scraps with the garbage, but you have to hide it in the middle of the bag- and they WILL leave bags behind if you’ve got recyclable/compostable stuff in there.

So we have a composter in our back yard. When we moved in, we found plastic bags and bits of styrofoam in there, but we (and by “we” I mean AJ, since he’s got the long arms) picked most of it out, and now we dump our bucket/bag in there when it gets too full or smelly. We don’t have a garden, so I’m not sure what happens with the end product, but we don’t need to worry about that just yet.

Compost Bucket < Compost bucket. Yeah, I need to sweep under there…

We don’t have recycling bins here; we separate our recycling into 2 blue bags- one for paper and boxboard, one for plastics, juice cartons, etc. Corrugated cardboard gets tied up in a bundle and put out with everything else.

dsc07432 <I’d rather have a dishwasher here, but it’s a good place for recycling, too.

dsc07431 <garbage and recycling

dsc07434 <cardboard

It’s not as complicated as it sounds. We toss anything that can be recycled* into the bucket, and I sort it out on Mondays. Food scraps (other than meat and dairy) go under the sink, and everything else goes in the garbage can. We still have too much actual garbage going out, thanks to our disposable diaper habit (bad, bad!), but having these programs around definitely reduces that.


*Or anything we think can be recycled; if the list isn’t specific enough (eg- plastic packaging), I tend to err on the side of recycling. The worst thing that’s going to happen is that they’ll throw it out, right?


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