Number 8 Network might well put out a rubbish bag this week, the first in over a year.
When Waikato District Council introduced changes to its collection a friend challenged us to a little friendly rubbish rivalry – who could produce the least amount of trash. Our household of one cat, two adults and from time to time, a daughter and her assorted friends, accepted and found it surprisingly easy to reduce our output to – tah dah – one bag in 12 months.
Our top tip is to do away with the rubbish bin in the kitchen and replace it with a large, glass jar which only takes stuff that can’t be composted, recycled or reused.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the introduction of soft plastic recycling at local supermarkets. Bread and food bags, rice and pasta, stray bits of plastic – if you can scrounge them into a ball and they’re clean and dry, you can drop ‘em in.
All this former trash is sent to Melbourne, where it is turned into playground mats, outdoor furniture and more. Eventually they hope to process the plastic in NZ. Here’s a cool video on the process.
Now we just need to buy ourselves one of those pre-paid blue stickers and pop it on the bag – and remember to take it down the driveway on the correct morning!
We all need to use less plastic. And this month happens to be Plastic Free July – a campaign to raise awareness of the problems and amount of single-use, disposable plastic in our lives.
More than a million people around the world will pledge to refuse single-use plastics.
“What we really need is to eliminate problematic plastic from the economy altogether,” says organisers The Story of Stuff.
“To do that, we need to work together to push communities, companies and countries to go plastic free.”
We’ve accepted the challenge, and look forward to reducing our incoming household plastic even more. Every week they will send suggestions for avoiding plastic in daily life, ideas and how to reduce it in the wider community.
Here’s to saying nope to plastic and doing away with other rubbish.