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I'm really appaled at the amount of garbage my household of 3 (and two pets) produces. It's about a bag of garbage every two days. We recycle everything we can, use cloth diapers, napkins and for cleaning purposes. What else can I do?<br><br>
And please don't tell me to start composting. It's February in Minnesota, I have twins on the way and expect to be rather busy come summer. Not to mention my neighbors might take offence to a large bin of garbage rotting in my back yard. On the other hand, it could be nice payback for the rather ugly hockey rink in their backyard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Hmm...
 

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Are you buying a lot of heavily packaged food? This is seriously the only thing I can think of.<br><br>
Or, is most of your garbage leftover food? (I live in the UP, I understand about not being able to compost.) If that's the case, I'd say start making smaller portions.<br><br>
What is generating all this trash?
 

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If you want to reduce your garbage, open up a bag of it and see what's in there. Check our any local recycling programs and see if they accept anything you're throwing away. Think about how you could avoid what's in there--buying things with less packaging, composting, etc. (Composting, done right, is not yucky. And it's easy to do it right.)
 

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I don't want to start an argument, but composting really is the way to go. I have a foot of snow outside my house right now and I live in the city. It can be done and it's quite easy. Heck- my neighbor shares our compost pile and was tickled pink to see that we had one! We just keep all of our waste in a container with a lid and then empty it twice a week or so when we're going outside and are wearing boots.<br><br>
Also, I totally agree with the pp who said that you should evaluate what's in your garbage so you know what you're throwing out.
 

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A lot of garbage is usually packaging. I know that even though we recycle, our facilities only take PETE bottles so all other types of plastic have to go in the garbage, and that's just one example of packaging we have to throw away. Try buying things in bulk (less packaging) or in packaging you know you can recycle, for example I stopped buying face products in bottles that are not PETE and I'd rather wash, moisturize, etc. with something that comes in a glass jar or PETE bottle that I can recycle. (I'm trying honey face wash right now, see the honey thread here: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=541639" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=541639</a>)
 
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