The Rubbish Diet – Week 2

Uh-oh.  I’m barely into week 2 of The Rubbish Diet and I’m already increasing my weekly generation of trash rather than decreasing it!

Last week was a busy week for me.  I wasn’t home much and thus not generating a lot of waste at home (although I was generating a lot of waste out and about).  On Sunday I finally had time to catch up on chores around the house.  Those chores included cleaning out the fridge (left overs that went bad because I didn’t eat it in time) and cleaning out the kitty litter box (I’m talking switching out the whole box, not just scooping. I do this every 6 weeks or so).   These two actions doubled my trash generation!

Mondays and Thursdays are my trash pick-up days.  Last week and the week before I only put out a few bags on Thursdays.  Yesterday I put out the kitty litter bag (about 13lbs) and the kitchen trash (about 9lbs).  Two heavy bags on a Monday!

If I were thinking ahead I would have completed these chores PRIOR to the start of The Rubbish Diet.  Instead it got me thinking about how I not only have to think about recycling more but wasting less.  Purchasing habits are part of wasting less, but lifestyle changes and matters of ‘convenience’ also play a part.  It’s time to do more…

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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 The Rubbish Diet – Week 2

  1. Karin says:

    “Purchasing habits are part of wasting less, but lifestyle changes and matters of ‘convenience’ also play a part.” – Very true. Reducing your bin is a journey you have embarked on.

  2. Pingback: Typical NYC trash | Beyond the Blue Bin

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