Challengicious Monday: Keep track of your trash for a week

>> Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday's are challengicious at The Conscious Shopper. Here's your next challenge:

Keep track of your trash for a week.

To complete this challenge, you can...

  • Count the number of trash bags you fill in a week. For example, my family fills approximately 1 13-gal bag a week.

  • Keep track of what you throw away. Put a notepad near your trash can, and every time you toss something in, jot down what it is.

  • Dig through your trash. At the end of the week, pour out your trash bags (a plastic sheet and some rubber gloves might come in handy), take some pictures, jot down some notes, and really get hands on with your trash. This is the absolute best way to become familiar with what you're throwing away.

What's in my trash can? Come back at the end of the week to find out!


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Condo Blues January 11, 2010 at 3:05 PM  

Does that include compostables and recyclables?

Now that the family is over the cold bug, we're back to one grocery size bag of trash a month.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper January 11, 2010 at 9:00 PM  

@Condo Blues - That's a good question. I was thinking mainly of what you put in your trash bin, but you can add recyclables and compostables in there too if you want.

In my monthly round-up, I list trash separate from recyclables - most months we have four 13-gal bags of trash plus one full bin of recycling and two grocery bags of paper. I'm kind of excited to dig through my trash at the end of this week and see why we're still making so much trash (relatively speaking)!

That's really awesome that you're down to one small bag a month. My goal this year is to get us down to two 13-gal bags a month, and I think I can do it easily if I get the composting thing down.

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