Minimizing household garbage

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Posted by: from Austin
12/10/2007 at 9:01:46 PM

I just paid $300 for a junk hauler to come and take away a pile of garbage from my house. Aside from it being ridiculously expensive, I also feel like a schmuck for creating so much garbage when the environment is in such bad shape.

So, I have been doing some thinking and reading about ways that we can cut down on the garbage we generate at home.

Obviously the easiest thing we can do is recycle. We have bins from the city and they pick it up every week--all we have to do is make sure we put the recycle items in the bins and not the garbage cans. Simple.

Other ways we can reduce waste is by only buying what we need. As I was going through all the old boxes in my garage, I realized how much stuff I had bought in the past year--and about half of it is stuff I didn't even have anymore or had given away.

We can also buy stuff that doesn't come in layers and layers of packaging. Or buy items that are used. If we are going to buy new, buy items that are the best quality we can afford and then maintain and repair them rather than just throwing them out after using them for a short time.

Also, you can eliminate paper waste now in a lot of ways: paying bills online, reading the newspaper online, etc.

I'd love to hear some other ideas about ways to reduce household waste.

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Katharina in Silver Spring
Date/Time4/10/2008 at 2:30:05 PM

I like these ideas. The same thing happened to me a few years ago when there was a move and we had *way* too many trips to the landfill. It was shocking how much "stuff" we had accumulated. :-(

Recycling is very good and I've been doing more and more of it lately. Buying only what I need is a problem for me, but I *have* been making strides with that luckly.

Reducing paper is another fabulous idea. I can't really get into online banking yet because of security concerns, but maybe sometime soon I can get over that and save even more paper (and postage!)

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John in San Francisco
Date/Time4/16/2008 at 7:45:52 AM

if you have a graden, you can start a compost pit. Its fairly easy to set up. Just use all veggie scraps and peels for it. For the other kinds of garbage, your ideas sound good. Also, its important to minimise ewaste, something which we are having more these days.

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John in San Francisco
Date/Time4/22/2008 at 2:21:33 PM

Here is a site I came acroos. Its very useful for all of us interested in a greener home.

The site is -

As their ABOUT US page says-"Leveraging open-source content development tools, we’ve built a platform on which writers and researchers can collaborate around specific issues and share their expertise. So far, we have developed more than 100 subject areas with more than 500 green tips. "

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