Happy New Years!
So it has officially been 6 months since we started the Clean Bin Project. Sometimes I think we’re doing quite well, and other times I feel like we are still creating mountains of waste, and the only difference is that we’re now segregating it into different piles. Organized, but not necessarily to the point of waste reduction.
Up to this point, we have let ourselves pretty much buy anything that is recyclable. We have a really great recycling program here in Vancouver, so we can recycle most everything. That means our project is much easier than if we lived in the UK or New Zealand.
So in the spirit of keeping ourselves accountable for our waste, we’ve decided to take on a challenge proposed by Dave over at 365 days of trash. Grant and I are going to meticulously catalog all our waste for one week (we happen to be away on vacation which is why it is just the 2 of us). We figure we’ve been keeping all our garbage anyway, so we can probably manage to write each and every item down for 7 days, recyclable or not. It will also serve as a good check for us to see how we’re doing on a weekly basis – something we have neglected to record thus far.
I’m looking forward to it because, although we have managed to drastically reduce our waste, including progressively cutting down on soft plastic and plastic containers, I actually have no idea how much recycling we generate each week. So stay tuned for the details of our waste this week, and feel free to contact Sustainable Dave if you want to sign up too.