For some time, I thought that having half the garbage and twice the recycling as most of our neighbors meant we were somehow gentler on the planet.
I’ve since come to find that having a full recycling bin actually meant our family was sending almost 2500 gallons of waste out of our home each year.
Not to mention the time we were wasting, managing 2500 gallons of paper, plastic, and cardboard.
I took an inventory of our bin and found that a majority of our recycling came into our house in one of two ways:
- mail – catalogs, magazines, medical bills, ads, coupons, and solicitations
- packaging – food, personal care, gifts and cardboard boxes
Then I got busy figuring out how to reduce that by at least 50%. As I learned in my favorite book on this subject, refusing to bring waste into our homes is a lot better use of our time than trying to reuse or recycle it.