More rubbish!

April 29, 2007 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Further to my current obsession with rubbish, rats and recycling (see last post) I decided to make a list of everything I throw away for a week. I realised that I was reading so much about how much other people produced, but because I’m lucky enough to be in halls and therefore have a communal kitchen bin and someone else to empty that and my bin in my room. I didn’t really have any idea how much rubbish I produce over the course of a week, or what it is. Well, okay, a vague idea, and I know that buying my fruit and veg unpackaged or in paper bags from markets means I produce much less than other people in my kitchen who seem to survive on ready meals.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far:


  • 4 strawberry tops
  • pencil shavings
  • 3 carrots and paper bag
  • tuna can (recycled)
  • kidney bean can (recycled)
  • coffee grounds
  • tea leaves
  • plastic wrapper from birthday card for friend
  • price label from friend’s present
  • slice of lemon used in tea
  • packaging from new salad spinner


  • plastic packaging from toothbrush
  • strawberry tops
  • paper bag from chocolate brownie
  • coffee grounds
  • old toothbrush
  • top of chilli


  • bus ticket (recycled)
  • 2 used ink cartridges
  • receipts
  • lemon I juiced for dinner
  • mouldy bit of ginger
  • empty toothpaste tube
  • plastic strawberry punnet

Not too bad – next year, when I have a wormery/compost heap, most of the kitchen stuff can be composted. I normally also buy pulses dried and soak them myself – the canned kidney beans had been left by my boyfriend. If I’d been more organised I should have taken my bike and not needed to get the bus home, and I’ve sneakily not included the packaging from Saturday’s picnic lunch, because my boyfriend bought it and his dad paid, and I wouldn’t have had any of it if left to my own devices! The disposable ink cartridges (a present) are all gone and will be replaced by a… refiller thingy… whatever you call them. And re the carrots, I bought them ages ago, and then my grandpa died, so I went to stay with my bf one weekend and went home for the funeral the next, and was rather too wound up to think about things like carrots. Which makes me sad now, as he loved gardening and growing vegetables and hated wasting things and I’m sure he’d have wanted me to make them into soup or something instead, but it’s too late for that I suppose.

So, not too bad, I think. I’m tempted to abandon the markets and buy all my food at Sainsbury’s for a week and see what the difference is, but I suspect I know already… Wish there was some way of buying strawberries not in plastic punnets, or birthday cards without a wrapper round them.


Entry filed under: pensiveness, rubbish.

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