Waste audit number two

November 14, 2007 at 9:21 am Leave a comment

Prompted by a thread on selfsufficientish I’ve decided to do another waste audit. For a week, I’m going to write down everything that goes in the bin or the recycling and see how it’s changed since I moved out of halls and into a proper house, as well as what I can do to reduce it.

Monday 12th November

  • milk bottle top
  • top of yoghurt pot
  • bulgur wheat packet
  • tea leaves
  • leek leaves
  • tuna can
  • plastic wrapper round tuna cans
  • 2 pieces kitchen roll

Tuesday 13th November

  • tea leaves
  • back of panty-liner
  • coke bottle
  • 2 beer cans
  • veg scraps
  • cardboard tube
  • 2 crisp packets
  • plastic freezer bag

The most obvious change is that now I’m living with the bf there’s much more junk food in the house!!

Things highlighted in green are compostable; I don’t actually have a dalek yet, but it should be arriving soon, and this is something I’ve already identified a need for and am taking steps to reduce.

Things highlighted in red are recyclable (though the cardboard tube will probably be composted when that’s an option).

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Entry filed under: compost, recycling, rubbish.

Christmas cakes Waste audit, continued

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