The following ‘tips’ come from Jane, one of our family members on Colborne Street!
This has been a great challenge so far – here are some of the changes my family of 6 are making:
– We switched to a very small garbage can (5 liters) several weeks ago. I liked the principle of it being the smallest container under our sink.
– We then put our garbage into a clear plastic bag each week – makes it easy to have a quick look of what is actually in there (although I do look into the can each day and pull out things for the compost and recycling – I’m the garbage police in my home with 4 kids who aren’t as diligent as I). That’s how I saw the collection of disposable cups – my husband Wade is now trying to instil the habit of taking a stainless steel mug with him for takeout coffee (that is, when he remembers – old habits take a while to change, as you know).
– We also have hot air popped pop corn more often now than occasional bags of chips for after school snacks. The plastic bag that the popcorn comes in is very tiny compared to the volume of output from it (a large garbage bag full of popped corn?), compared to more than a dozen chip bags for the same volume of potato chips.
– One of the Challenges we face is the plastic wrap on meat (the styrofoam tray is a #6 that can go into one of the eco shed bins). It has the paper sticker that won’t peel off, so it’s not recyclable. My vegetarian daughter says that is just another reason not to eat meat (true, true…). We have actually cut down on the volume of meat we eat, partially for this reason.
Hope these tips are helpful! Let us know.
Cheers, Jane and family