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#1 of 3 Old 03-26-2010, 01:29 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We just moved to New Mexico and there is no recycling here! We just came from Germany and before that Oregon and are used to everything being recycled. In Germany we only had to put out a trash can every couple months. Now we can drop off cardboard, plastic bags, and aluminum. I think there may be a place to drop of steel and tin cans, but I haven't found it yet so they are piling up in my garage. So, I guess I need to reduce and reuse a little better.

How do you go about reducing plastics? We're going "no poo" so that will get rid of shampoo bottles, but what else can we do? How do you deal with garbage? I usually reuse the plastic bags from the grocery store, but I'm trying to remember my cloth bags every time I go out so I have less plastic now. Anyone have creative uses for large yogurt containers or gallon milk jugs? I ran out of foil and haven't replaced it, but I can't figure out how to roast a chicken or turkey without it. Anyway, enough rambling. Thanks in advance for any tips you may have for me.

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How do you go about reducing plastics? We're going "no poo" so that will get rid of shampoo bottles, but what else can we do?

we use shampoo bars from Lush, so there's no packaging really. we keep it in one of their tins. i just bought more today, and they were even willing to not wrap it in paper for me, but put it in the muslin bag that i have for soap from there.

I usually reuse the plastic bags from the grocery store, but I'm trying to remember my cloth bags every time I go out so I have less plastic now. Anyone have creative uses for large yogurt containers or gallon milk jugs?

we use cloth bags, but we currently have about three bags in waiting for use. we use it for trash.

for yogurt containers, you might consider a school or community garden--they can use them for seedlings and plants.

to rid yourself of both jugs and containers, move toward a DIY model. if you get milk from a dairy direct, you might be able to get them in glass bottles that you can then return to the dairy. we are joining a cow share to get raw milk in this way. we would return the bottles each week for reuse.

with this, we will make our own yogurt from it, using a spoonful from our purchased yogurt and make it in glass jars.

I ran out of foil and haven't replaced it, but I can't figure out how to roast a chicken or turkey without it.

we use a dutch oven (chicken) and/or roasting pan that has a cover (turkey).

How do you deal with garbage?

we have very little, actually.

most of our food waste goes into compost in one form or another. we don't have a lot of packaged food, so we don't have a lot of packaging to throw away. our community does have a fairly extensive recycling program.

i'd like to get down to very little garbage at all, if possible.
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We just moved to New Mexico
Welcome! It sounds like you're in a rural area, so yeah, you do have to do the drop off yourself. The city dumps will take your cardboard, paper, magazine, tin can, plastic and glass recycling for free (tell the person at the gate that you live in that county) and scrap yards will take steel.


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How do you go about reducing plastics?
Check out this blog by your new neighbor, and my good friend:
oldrecipe.wordpress.com

She has some links and thoughts on reducing plastic that might help you.

See you somewhere here!

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