we are nearly 1/2 way through our month of trash-watch. it's not been too difficult--in fact jeremy might say it's been even easier since he's not had to bring the trash out to the curb for pickup. we aren't accumulating crazy amounts of garbage yet. i'm just kind of disgusted that the bulk of our garbage is food packaging. the most of which is unidentified plastic, things i'm not sure are recyclable anywhere. i know that my waste management facility only accepts hdpe #1 & #2, so that's clear enough. but then i read online that cereal liners (which we have at 6 of for the half-month) are hdpe #2. and we've been tossing them in with the trash.
plus there's lots of other plastic--a surprising amount. clingwrap from cheese. plastic bags from farmer's market-purchased tortillas, farmer's market-purchased spring mix & spinach, trader joe's pizza dough. plastic trays from crackers and oreo boxes. many, many, many ziplock bags that have been reused several times and are no longer something i want to hang onto. right now we've got a trader joe's paper bag filled with all of this packaging. i suppose in the general scheme of things, 1 bag for nearly 2 weeks of trash isn't horrible. but it's still not ideal.
we did send a package of not-so-good sausages and some past-its-prime feta out with garbage pickup last week (to avoid attracting critters). neither the sausages nor the cheese could be composted, and i didn't want to give them to the dog. food waste has always been an issue in our house b/c i am a true believer in the law of expiration dates, and have, in my paranoia, made jeremy question things too instead of taking an "eat-and-see" approach. we are getting better at this--shopping less has made a real difference. and lots of our questionable food finds its way elsewhere of the trash--becoming compost (whithered produce, moldy bread), chicken feed (stale bread, crackers, chips), or dog food (ignored leftovers, and other things that pass the sniff test but aren't in my personal culinary agenda).
and just in case you're curious, we've gone through 3.5 rolls of tp. who keeps track of this stuff?