Friday, 3 June 2011


Did you see the show where they made a family store all their garbage in their garage for A YEAR?!?!  It was a horrible overflowing stinky mess and the family learned about waste.....lesson learned l guess. But even if you are making the choice of the product with less packaging, if your city/town/county/area doesn't have any programs, you are still creating a huge garbage footprint.

I am very fortunate to live in a city with a great garbage/recycling/yard waste/compost program.  WE have three different colour bins, blue, green and black/gray.

Blue is Recycling.  Plastic, cans, bottles/glass and paper go in here.  They have recently started accepting Styrofoam which I love.  (We almost never order food in but about once a month we treat ourselves to great Thai food. I love spicy south Asian food.  I have a pretty good grasp of Indian but have yet to master Thai.  It all comes in plastic and Styrofoam containers and now I can recycle)

Green is the Compost.  All food waste except chewing gum. All foods, cooked or not, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and tampons, house hold plants including the soil, pet food, animal waste (yes dog poop and cat box), paper towel and tissues, paper flour and sugar bags, meat and cheese paper, ice cream boxes, paper plates are allowed.

Yard Waste is picked up from March through to December.  You fill paper yard waste bags for pick up.

Black/Gray is the garbage.  This is were everything else goes. And hopefully there isn't much left after dividing it up between the other bins.

Our backyard garbage hub

The pick up is once a week.  Every week they pick up the green bin with either garbage and yard waste or recycling.  On average our family of four makes one bag of garbage a week.  This is a small white bag of garbage, not one of the huge black guys.  We also completely overflow the recycling bins and green bins.  I am proud of how little garbage we create but at the same time I am aware that we could be making A LOT less.  Also with our plans to move out of the city where there won't be as many municipal programs I need to start learning some tricks. So I put this to you......What do you do to reduce your families waste??   How much garbage does your family make?

1 comment:

jaguarfan904 said...

I am always so impressed when I come to Canada and when I get home I am so in the habit of your system it is shocking to me that we don't even have a recycle program (because we don't live in the city) is unbelievable how much trash that creates for the landfill....UGH. So, we end up taking it to a place, which really means I DO IT and everyone else yells at me for letting it build up....