Originally Posted by vegiemom
I'm really just a lurker on this frugal living thread but I have a garbage concern. We recycle. We do the best we can, I think. Yet we have SO MUCH DARNED GARBAGE every week. Like 6-8 big bags full. What's up with that? How much garbage do you all output in a given week? Ways to cut down on garbage?
We struggle with this too. Some ideas that have helped us:
- Compost food scraps. Everything except meat can be composted. Crushed egg shells are really great for roses if you have any. This is double fugal 'cause later you don't have to go buy soil for you plants. You can even compost dryer lint assuming the items dried weren't acrylic.
- Use real towels instead of paper towel. My DH won't use regular towels for cleaning up spills and stuff, so I bought a bunch of muslin and am cutting/sewing it into paper towel size sheets. Some people also use the microfiber towels you can buy at Walmart in the auto section for this. We're also going to start using these towels to replace Kleenex. Kinda like big hankies.
- If you use swiffers use the above mentioned microfiber towels to mop with instead of the sposie ones. You can reuse the dusters too, just wash in the sink & let air dry. Even better get a good feather duster & don't buy the reusable ones at all.
- Cloth diapers. I can't even imagine how much more trash I'd put out each week if we used sposies.
- When possible make your own cleaners, convenience foods, etc. If you can't (or don't want) to make your own then at least make sure to buy the one with the least packaging or packaging that's recyclable.
- If you have cats change to a litter that's flushable. We use a wheat based litter, which I have to admit we don't actually flush, but it does weigh about half of what the clay stuff does (our trash is done by weight), works just as well, and is much healthier for us, our animals, and the environment.
- Not going out to eat cuts down a lot on our trash actually. We always have leftovers and the containers are almost never recyclable.