One of the things that happened during my time away from writing here was a step towards being a zero-waste home.
I’d always said that it wasn’t possible for us and then postponed working towards the goal because of that “perfection” thing again. We’d recycle on and off, but never really committed to the ideal.
I guess you could say that my mantra for this year is:
Don’t let perfect get in the way of better, or good, or good enough.
Almost two months ago we got busy. I researched recycling in our area and gathered information. We don’t have curbside recycling, but do have a recycling center relatively close. I typed up a detailed list of what can and can’t be recycled in our area. It’s attached to the top of our recycling can.
And speaking of our recycling can…
The big can used to be our trash can and the little one our recycling. They have now switched service.
Our big blue curbside trash can was always stuffed full on pick-up day with at least two more big black bags stacked alongside.
Since tackling our trash problem, we rarely have more than two small white trash bags of garbage each week. And that’s for eight people living in the house (one in diapers). I know, cloth diapers are a thing. I’ve tried in the past and maybe we’ll try again. Baby steps…
We’ve become more aware of what we are buying. There have been times that we looked at a product and decided to find an alternative because there was too much packaging that needed to be dealt with.
Driving to the recycling center is kind of a pain, but we are working it into our schedule. We store the recycling in big tubs (that we already had because of our decluttering efforts). They stack in the hallways until they are full to cut down on trips.
Our compost pile is filling up and our chickens eat any food that isn’t suitable for the compost pile. We have accomplished zero food waste.
We aren’t doing it all perfectly, but we are doing better!