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…