Alicia Ebaugh, educator for the La Porte County Solid Waste District here. I collected a week’s worth of my own disposables to show people just how much waste we can create in a short amount of time.
This is a test run for my full-year experiment in 2016, where I will have to keep all of my trash that is non-recyclable and non-compostable for the entire year. I will blog about this experiment here throughout the year, so make sure to follow me if you’re interested!
A few things I noticed about my waste production:
• Not everything was included in this photo. For instance, there is the issue of shared food at home. My hubby made chicken to eat at home during the week, but I didn’t keep the tray that was in because we are sharing the food. I also used a few small plastic cups while eating at a restaurant that I didn’t keep – oops!
• I already use lots of reusable cups and dishes, but I was surprised to find out how much packaging is produced by the food I eat. Obviously my takeout orders are going to have to decrease if I want to reduce non-recyclable waste. Only about half of the packaging was recyclable.
• I am still fighting off a cold, so I had a huge mound of tissues to throw away. I think I will need to start using a handkerchief.
• Use the hashtag #oneweek if you want to take this challenge and I’ll share it!