Some years ago I weighed our rubbish each week for a period of time. The quantity was small but I cannot even remember the approximate weights.
I have decided to make a start on this again and redouble our efforts to reduce our small amount of waste that goes to landfill even further.
This is the contents of our kitchen bin for approximately 2 weeks.
Not all of it is identifiable but there are 2 cheese wrappers, packaging from a parcel we received, an old sponge (left by housesitters 6 months ago), a mouldy ziplock bag which was beyond being salvaged, a small mayonnaise bottle and a butter wrapper (Aldi have changed to foil wrappers – not happy so I will be voting with my feet and buying butter elsewhere in future). The rest is mostly plastic packaging of one sort and another – mostly one off items from Christmas gifts/catering. The silver star looks like something from a child’s toy which has been left here – so not strictly our waste but it does have to be discarded.
Here it is – all packaged up. I put most of the small bits compacted into the ziplock bag. I always try to contain any small, lightweight rubbish as the last thing I want is for it to drift out of the collection truck or the landfill site and end up in a watercourse.
The next step was to put it all in the parcel post bag and weigh it.
152g or 5 and 3/8 ounces for my non-metric friends.
Once I had done this I put the rubbish in the bin, except for the post bag which I have saved for next week’s rubbish.
From now on I will weigh and post about the rubbish each Friday so that we have a weekly total for comparison. It will vary from week to week as some things are only discarded rarely but my hope is that we will continue to generate very little waste.
Plastic is definitely the major culprit when it comes to items going to landfill. The challenge is to look for feasible alternatives and investigate any recycling options for those items which I do not currently recycle.
Do you generate much waste? Are you looking for ways to reduce your use of single-use plastic items? I would love to hear your stories so that we can encourage each other.