We are a family of 3 (plus a dog). It seemed like we were generating waaaay more garbage every week than we needed to. When looking at what was filling up our kitchen garbage can, it was obvious. We like cereal. And Riley likes his bunny grahams. The bulk of our garbage can was just that – bulky cardboard packaging.
And then, DUH! Cardboard is recyclable.
In our city, we buy bright blue recycling bags and fill it up with our recyclables, put it on the curb and we’re good to go. We separate out newspaper into paper bags and now, we also separate cardboard packaging.
Between 6-pack beer packs, my beloved cereal, granola bars and Wheat Thins, we only had…wait for it….ONE bag of garbage to put out for the week.
From what it had been, that’s really unbelievable. It makes me really wish I had thought of it sooner, but glad that we’re doing it.
And it’s easy. We just put a box next to our garbage cans and when we polish off a box of Kashi, I take out the bag and toss it, flatten the box and stack it with the other boxes. No biggie.