"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"
|Large Garbage Can|
Encourages More Garbage
When it comes to garbage, isn't there a similar tendency for garbage to fill the space available?
When we bought our house, the city provided us with a standard-sized garbage can, similar to that in the photo, as part of its standard service. We didn't actually fill it often, but there was no pressure to avoid doing so since its weekly emptying was at a fixed price.
Upon inquiry, I learned that we could cut our trash collection bill by downsizing our container. We now have a can that holds maybe about 15 gallons, and we don't fill it up often. The smaller size is a continual reminder to put the recycling in the recycling, put the compostable in the compost.
|Our garbage can now is|
the small container on the left
I thought about this when reading this week's Change the World Wednesday challenge:
The audit's a good idea; the easiest way is for me to just inspect the trash can periodically. Our household is very good about separating recyclables, but it'll be interesting to see if there are alternative dispositions of much of our trash. For example, we have a scrap metal bin that we occasionally take to the scrap yard to make a few extra pennies; thus any metal object (even lids!) now goes into the scrap bin instead of garbage. There is a feeling of satisfaction that comes with minimizing waste, and it is helped by downsizing our capacity to store waste.
"This week do a 'waste audit' or ask a super green person you know to do one and help you see where you can do better in creating less waste. For guidelines on how to do an audit, read How to Reduce Your Household Waste."