Well, this is the time for New Year Resolutions and all that, plus the twenty pounds or so I need to lose to be a healthy weight, I’ve decided to go on a diet. Well sort of. Actually we’re all on a diet.
As with all good diets it starts with a weigh in. Now take a deep breath, these are some graphic shots. You might want a clothes peg for the ol’ neb. This is going to be a stinky one.
Bean was safely ensconced in the car, happily pushing buttons and practicing her reversing. Okay, maybe not quite that. I was dressed in some ratty clothes and a pair of garden clothes. I know, it sounds odd for a weigh in, but bear with me. Are you ready?
The one on the left (the right is the recycle bin and for reference the fence is six foot tall) is the rubbish/ trash can.
The Rubbish Diet is the brain child of Karen or Almost Mrs. Average, a really cool lady in Suffolk, England. She made a commitment nearly two years ago to reduce her family’s waste to nearly nothing and she managed it. I don’t have such lofty goals, but it does seem like a good idea. So what the hell. Thought we’d at least do the weigh in.
After five days, this is what we have. Basically, one bag out of a 43 liter kitchen trash can and a small disgusting grocery bag out of the bathroom. Yeah, so not opening that bag.
Up until this point Bean had been happily playing in the car which is in the carport, a couple of meters away. Now, now she starts to get interested. What on earth is Mum doing? Crazy lady. After pouring the garbage out on to the ground I start lifting stuff up so Bean can see and tell me what it is.
I have to say, that I’m surprised. We have a compost bin and we recycle a fair bit of stuff. It was a shock to find this:
Beer box Bean yells.
Correct identification, but what on earth is it doing in the trash can and not in recycle? Should I be worried that my child so easily identifies a beer six pack container?
It isn’t the only misplaced item either,
Yeah, another box. What the hell?
And so it goes on…
We did pretty well on the compostable stuff, but there were recyclable plastic bottles, brown paper bags and a ridiculous amount of non recyclable plastic wrapping and spoiled food. Hmmmm. Bigger problem, a couple days later there is a second bag in the 43 liter trash can. So for one week, two bags. In our defense we’re in the middle of a major clean out. Still, we’ve got our work cut out for us. I figure if we cut it back even by half that is a move in the right direction. So, we’re going for it. Wish us luck.