If anything, this past week I learned that cataloging your waste is exausting. I decided on day 1 that compostables were going to be out of scope. Writing down each carrot end and banana peel was too much work what with the mass quantities of package-free veggies we consume.
I did, however, succeed in writing down almost all the recycling and garbage that Grant and I generated from Sunday to Sat. I realized on day 3 that I was neglecting receipts, but I did do my best.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that we only drink beer, eat ice cream, and ski. It is a bit skewed as we were on vacation.
Although we were mostly staying with friends and cooking our meals in, we did manage to eat out quite a few times, artificially reducing our end waste significantly. That said, we’re pretty lazy at home, and do eat out a lot, so maybe it is representative after all.
And in case you are amazed by the single napkin on Sat – so were we – I’ll let you know that we were driving home most of the day, so we only had to prepare 1 of 3 meals.
You now you see how we don’t have much landfill – we recycle a lot. We also buy lots of fruits and veggies and bulk supplies. I know it’s not a lot of stuff compared to the average household, but there is still a pretty consistent stream of waste coming out of our kitchen.
I’ll be interested to see how the rest of Sustainable Dave’s One Week Challenge participants made out.
PAPER + (reyclable or compostable)
1 plastic cover from wine
1 cork from wine – compost
1 paper milk bottle top
1 paper bag
2 paper cups for dip
1 ice cream container
1 chocolate bar wrapper
1 oatmeal packet
1 cardboard box containing medication bottle
GLASS AND METAL (recyclable or refillable)
1 glass alfredo sauce jar
1 glass wine bottle
1 glass milk bottle
1 foil chocolate wrapper
4 aluminum drink cans
1 tin from pizza sauce
NUMBERED PLASTICS (recyclable)
1 broken tupperware container
UN-NUMBERED PLASTICS (we found a place that takes them)
6 Ski lift tickets with plastic ties
1 milk lid
2 tab from drink carton spout
1 chocolate bar wrapper (it was inside paper I swear)
Ring from milk lid
DUBIOUS (possibly recyclable)
1 can of beer with a widget in it
1 paper and metal twist tie with plastic tag from spinach
1 piece of gum – can I compost this?