Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my post about the kitchen bin. Today I remembered to chop up some of the bacon scraps and put them out for the chickens. I have not checked to see if they ate them but if they do I will gradually give them the rest over a period of time and that will be another thing that will not go in the bin.
When I next emptied my kitchen bin I took a couple of photos of the contents which I would like to share with you.
This is what 2 weeks worth of rubbish looks like. There are 2 adults in the household. I placed it next to a dinner plate so you can get an idea of the size.
Here it is on the scales. It weighed 411g.
So, what was in the rubbish bag for the week? An empty toothpaste tube, a foil sheet from medications, a plastic bag from the carrots, plastic packaging from a block of cheese, packaging from razor blades, plastic bag from frozen peas and elastic from several pairs of worn-out underpants. There were other items that I have not identified as well.
Next time I do this I will be a bit more specific about exactly what it contains.
Obviously our rubbish varies from week to week as some thing are only discarded a couple of times a year. It is a worthwhile exercise to check what you are discarding each week as a way of considering whether you can change habits to reduce the amount of waste.
Thanks for this post – I like to see what escapes your scheme – as I too end up with some waste. I’m also now tracking how often I take it out, to see if I reduce in duration…
Wow! Fairy i am impressed and determined to do better myself. I know that over the years my waste bins are far less than they used to be but I have a way to go to only have under 500 gms of throw out rubbish for two weeks.
I love your idea of reducing waste, it has helped me to do the same.
I hope you don’t mind but each week on my blog I feature a blog that I like and on Saturday i’m going to be featuring yours.
Hope this is ok
I would be honoured to be featured on your blog. Thank you.
I shall be showing this & the Kitchen Bin post to our daughters.. We want them to work with us to institute a plan to reduce the exported waste & start more in house recycling..
Thanks for your comment. I wish you all the very best with getting your daughters onside.
If they are still reasonably young, perhaps you can set up some sort of challenge – they generally respond well to some sort of competition. If you can create habits before they reach their teen years you have the best chance of developing long-term habits.
Look forward to hearing how you go.