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9/7/20 8:55 A

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September 6th was the first bag of trash of the month that ended up in the dumpster. That is certainly better than I was doing, but I know I can do even better.

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9/3/20 10:54 A

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Every time I get ready to throw something in the trash now, I'm rethinking it. Can I reuse it? Can it be recycled? I always recycle the standard items: metal cans, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, and plastic jugs, but what else am I throwing away that can be recycled? K-cup pods for one thing. I usually just toss them in the trash, but if you separate the individual components, it can all be recycled and the grounds can go in the compost bin.
I've decided to keep a journal of sorts, of all my purchases this month so that I can look back later and see where I have improved and where I need to improve. I'm also going to track how many bags of trash I take to the dumpster and how full my recycle bin is on pickup day. Typically I take a full bag of trash to the dumpster every 2-3 days! That's just an insane amount of trash for one person. I also found this website that details some recycling mistakes that people make.
medium.com/@heidi_bischof/8-recyclin
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Ultimately though, the goal isn't to improve recycling habits, but rather to recycle less because you have less to recycle.
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9/2/20 2:39 P

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I didn't do much online shopping. I am not a member of AMAZON PRIME....so...not much stuff gets delivered here. We cut up boxes & recycle them, & we ALWAYS take our Christmas tree to be turned into mulch. I try to SHRED paper.....
I don't know how much that helps.....but.....I try! emoticon

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9/2/20 10:08 A

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In an effort to reduce my contribution to the mountains of waste that end up in landfills each year I have set out to adopt a zero waste lifestyle. What exactly is that? Zero waste is a movement aimed at reducing personal consumption, thereby reducing the amount of waste an individual produces. Let's face it, we all buy things we don't really need and when this pandemic hit it basically gave us permission to over shop/overstock. With so many trapped at home, online purchases hit all time highs as we filled our homes with all kinds of things to keep us busy. Things that came wrapped in plastic and shipped in boxes and envelopes, most of which ended up in a landfill. And it isn't just about excess or wants, it's also about rethinking the way we are currently shopping for "needs", so as to reduce packaging and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I'm as guilty as anyone else at over shopping and poor shopping habits and I'm aiming to put an end to it. I've been reading websites and blogs and watching videos and have found some that I think would be useful to anyone that wants to know more about adopting a zero waste lifestyle and if you already follow one, we'd love to hear your tips and tricks for reducing waste. It may sound cliche, but we only have one planet. Let's do what we can to save it.


goingzerowaste.com/
www.planetaid.org/blog/what-is-the-z
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trashisfortossers.com/a-beginners-gu
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw4HQSS-lB0

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