Since my hubby has been laid up, it has been my responsibility to empty our Garbage/Waste Bin, Recycle Bin and the Compost Bin.
In our local area, the Council is responsible collecting our Garbage/Waste and Recycle Bins. They provides two 240 Litre wheelie bins like below:
The green one is collected each week and the yellow-lidded one gets collected every fortnight
The one thing I have noticed is we hardly throw anything into the Garbage/Waste Bin whereas our neighbours have bins that are almost overflowing each week. Most cannot put the hinged-lid down on their bins.
I wrongly presumed that my neighbours were like our household and limit their waste as our region attracts hippies, alternative lifestylers and green changers so I am guessing none of my neighbours fit into these demographics.
A few days ago, I was reminded about a statistic that said studies show the average First World household wastes around 20% of all fresh food purchased. That’s like purchasing 5 bags of shopping and throwing 1 bag into the garbage/waste bin each week!
Our household must be far from ‘Average‘ as we hardly throw out anything. If a meal doesn’t work out it is repurposed into another dish. Leftovers are eaten the next day, the day after or frozen for a quick meal in the near future [ well that is the plan anyway ]. All of our food scraps go to the compost bin for our garden. I do not consider this waste as the worms repurpose it for me.
Even the water that washes the brushed potatoes gets reused on the garden as it contains local soil. Waste not, want not! is what my grandmother used to say
A little thought and small steps all add up to saving you money. Food scraps becomes enriched soil once the worms, bugs and microbes do their thing. This saves me going to the garden centre or local hardware to purchase garden mulch.
Are you Average or do you need to review your Zero Waste plan? What are you doing as part of your recycling responsibility?