So, we finally ordered a compost bin from Amazon, as not one single store here in town had any left! Seems composting has taken on a life of it’s own here, as they cannot keep any in stock for more than a day or two. Sure, I could just start a pile in the backyard, but since we are only renting our house I decided that would not be a good idea. The woman at the local nursery told me to just buy one online, as it would be weeks before they got any more in. Ok then! So I placed the order online and am waiting for it to arrive. But in the meantime we have been storing our compost in large yogurt containers in our freezer.
For the past 2 weeks, we have been saving our food scraps and coffee grounds in these containers but we are running out of space. There is only so much yogurt one can eat every week! I do hope the composter shows up soon, so I can empty these out and use them just as interim storage for our scraps until we can bring them outside. I will say, though, that saving all of our food scraps have made quite a difference in the amount of trash leaving our house every Wednesday.
I just took out the trash today and guess what? Only 1 half-full bag of trash is being picked up today by the garbage guy. That’s for one week, and is the smallest amount of trash we have ever taken out for 7 days. Whoo-hoo! The bag weighed about 2 pounds and looks so lonely inside the big black bin out front. Since all food scraps go in composting, any glass, aluminum and paper get recycled, and we did not buy anything packaged in plastic this week, there was barely anything to throw away. What a nice feeling. I wonder if we can get it down to one trash bag every 2 weeks?
In other trashy news, we have been working hard on reducing our plastic consumption (due to the recycling issue in town), but it is proving somewhat difficult for some products. Yogurt, for instance, is hard to find in anything but plastic bins. But we have found some use for those containers in the short-term at least. I will be writing more about this experience next week, and in the mean time will be reading through Fake Plastic Fish in an effort to discover even more ways to reduce the incoming stream of plastic into our house!
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