Trash Diary 1/3/11

Today I cleaned out the fridge. If one were to graph my daily trash generation, there would be a big ol’ spike in that graph because of it. Ugh – feeling very wasteful today.

4 napkins
5 tissues
4 paper towels
plastic wrap for my metro card and vouchers (mailed to my work by MTA)
expired metro card
single serve yogurt cup
kitty litter with plastic bag
small plastic tub with lid (from deli)
2 little bitty hard candy wrappers
plastic cold beverage cup with lid
plastic wrap from paper towel roll

monthly train pass
cardboard and paper bits from train voucher
foil top from the yogurt container
3 pieces of paper
foil from leftover sandwich
AM NY paper
2 paper flyers from guys handing them out on the street
tin can
tissue box
paper towel roll

1 paper cup
1 plastic bag from deli
1 plastic fork from deli
1 straw from plastic cold cup

Refrigerator clean-out:
1/3 full cartons of whipping cream and egg nog (poured out, recycled cartons)
7 plastic and glass bottles of half-full marinades, salad dressings and sauces (emptied, rinsed and recycled)
extremely freezer burned frozen veg, chicken, and a lone frozen hamburger patty
4 containers of left-over food (wow – is that left-over from Thanksgiving?! Tossed food, saved containers for re-use)
a few stray carrots and celery sticks dried and wilted


About Amy Marpman

Director of Recycling Services at Great Forest, Inc. in NYC. Continually finding the balance of idealism with the practical realities that make or break recycling programs.
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2 Responses to Trash Diary 1/3/11

  1. stacey says:

    If you haven’t already done so, you need to sign up at yahoogroups for FREE CYCLE! I have gotten rid of opened containers of various things from my fridge and people come and pick them up. There is a whole community of people who do not buy things. Someone would have gladly taken the marinades and dressings. They don’t go bad.

  2. Amy Marpman says:

    I’ve never thought of Free Cycle for food goods before! Thanks Stacey!

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