Dead batteries are toxic waste and should be disposed of accordingly, NOT in landfill trash. There are return programs at some large chain stores.
Random strings, dryer lint etc. can be put out for nesting birds - I have a decorative wire basket that I hang in the garden and keep it filled up for them in the spring.
Hey - it sounds like you are doing an awesome job already, BTW. Good on ya!
i agree with the PP that dead batteries have to be properly disposed of, there are usually special days for this managed by you municipality.
i agree about random strings, dust, and dryer lint. you can also put it into compost if it is natural fiber (if you know it is), otherwise, ours also just goes out the window.
as for food composting, may i make a recommendation? do a regular compost bin and a bokashi bin. bokashi is essentially fermenting trash, but you can put meat into it if you have meat scraps. we are doing bokashi inside and regular outside. we also use a lot of paper in our compost--cardboard, paper, toilet paper rolls and the like.
we also have very little trash--right now it's about 1 bag per two weeks? and that's about a grocery-store shopping bag size. it's just plastic wrappers that can't be recycled (to our knowledge, we need to double check) that come off of food packaging. i rinse them thoroughly, reuse when i can, and then when i have a large enough collection of them unused, i put them out to trash.
i'd like to get down to less than one trash bag per month. i look forward to it!
I do not know much about kitty litter but couldn't it just be put outside (out of the way) or composted? I may be way off there!
I love the idea of putting strings, dryer lint, etc. out for the birds!! DH loves the idea too!!
Zoebird, are there any other advantages to a bokashi bin? We don't have meat scraps but I'm intrigued!
I do remember hearing the battery thing but I've never found anywhere to recycle/dispose of them! I'll have to check into that. We use mostly rechargeable too but somehow we still go through tons...
Thanks for all the input. So I guess there is no way around throwing out the plastic wrappings from food etc.? I feel like that's such a huge part of our trash!!!
A lot of our cleaning is done with old socks.
in general, composting bins are for vegetable waste only, and so things like meat, dairy, or what have you cannot go. but with bokashi, some of those things can, and then they go into the compost once fermented and take a while longer.
also, the "liquor" from the bokashi bin can be watered down to use as liquid fertilizer or poured directly into drains around the house to clean them.
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Meat and dairy scraps can go in a normal compost and will break down eventually. I keep my compost covered with leaves to keep the flys away. We don't have a problem with oder or flys or animals getting into it.
Natural-fiber strings and dustballs from the house can be composted.
I agree with the PPs that you should save your batteries and drop them off at a battery collection place. I have a bag hanging in my cleaning closet that all of the dead batteries go in. We drop them off once every year or so.
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And in regards to food bags such as bags that frozen veggies come in....I recycle those with my other bags at the normal recycling center.....just make sure they are clean.