Reduce Your Garbage to Just One Can per Year
Metro Recycling Information hotline specialist Betty Shelley and her husband, Jon, have put a major dent in their household waste. With simple changes over time, they reduced their garbage to a level less than one 32 gallon converse can a year.
With a course on sustainable living, discovered that the world would need six planets worth of resources if everyone on Earth consumed as much as the average American.
Switched to cloth napkins and eventually eliminated other paper and disposable single use products.
converse Began composting yard debris, buying a small chipper to process fir tree debris on their property. Also started composting kitchen scraps such as vegetable peels, tea bags and more.
Made an effort to (1) recycle materials that weren accepted curbside and (2) avoid items that couldn be converse recycled at all.
Dropped garbage collection service to one can a month, then to on call service, followed by two cans annually and, finally, one can per year.
Enjoying the benefits:
Reduced their costs, thanks to lower garbage bills.
Saved time and money on yard work and watering after replacing the lawn with mostly Northwest native plants.
Felt more in control when shopping, reusing bags from home instead of accepting new ones at the checkout stand each time they visited a store.
you start reducing your household garbage, says Betty, who loves to cook, travel and entertain friends, can become like a game. You get on a roll finding new ways to avoid waste. Here are tips from Betty and J converse on:
Opt for buying products in bulk, and store them in reusable containers.
Share or exchange items with friends to avoid purchasing excess products.
Explore new uses for old items. When Betty and Jon took down their fence, they recut the wood, building a compost corral and a screen in the garden. The old pier posts from their deck were flipped over for use as pathway stepping stones.