Reducing Your Garbage is Easy

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Lately, we’ve been noticing how little garbage we have around our house. So much so, that I only have to take my big brown trash bin down to the curb every three weeks (still too much IMHO). I used to fill it up to the top every week, but now it takes 3 weeks! For a typical suburban family of 4, this is quite a feat…yet it was so easy. Here’s how we did it:

We got really serious about our paper recycling. 35% of municipal waste is paper, and we were still throwing a lot of it away. We began recycling all of our paperboard packaging containers – that made the biggest impact. Using cloth napkins eliminated 99% of our napkin/paper towel trash, and gave our family dinners a little elegance. And of course, we started collecting ALL the cardboard and taking it to our local drop site. That’s a lot of paper, and it made a huge difference.

In addition, we have just started to consume less. We buy products that aren’t over packaged. We take canvas bags to every store, not just the grocery. I keep yard waste out of the garbage. The next step is composting our food waste.

All these little things add up, and fast. My goal is to only take my trash out once a month – 12 times a year. I think that’s doable. Can you image if we all went from 52 pickups to 12? Wow, talk about making a difference.

How are you reducing your trash output?…let us know!

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