Trash, rubbish, garbage, whatever it’s called it boils down to the same thing, waste.
Optimistically I started this journey to binlessness in June 2016 on returning from a holiday abroad and having missed the usual recycling collection. Missing collection meant jumping on a very full recycling bin to flatten it down for another TWO WEEKS!
That was two weeks of washing out recycling knowing there was nowhere to put it, two weeks looking at plastics building up into a mountain in front of me, and two weeks delay on the massive cleanup that’s always planned for tomorrow.
I was sick of the washing, sick of the watching, sick of paying someone to take away plastics that didn’t need to be taken out of the ground in the first place and that would take forever to rot away. With the introduction nationwide of pay-by-weight collection of waste due the following week, I reached the logical conclusion that now was the time to go binless.
Now there is no way my household of 6 almost-adults could go binless immediately, but we certainly could start to buy less and bin less straight away.
Our deadline for total binlessness – July 2017, the date which the pay-by-weight collection has been suspended to, looks at this stage like a pipe dream. Progress is slow, hampered by the eviction of a lifetimes buildup of stuff, but the rate of incoming ‘things’ has definitely slowed and there’s a definite decrease in plastic disposal to recycling, which is a big positive.
So I’m staying optimistic that the strategy to buy less and bin less will eventually lead to binless or as they say ‘or damn close’. These are our weights, tracking since June 2016.
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