On February 23rd, I completed 31 days of zero garbage. On March 16, I took my first small grocery bag of garbage to the curb. It was bits of plastic from cracker wrappers, ice cream, waffles, chips, band aids etc. Kyle didn’t make any of it, so it was all from me and house guests. I was hoping to do no more than a small garbage bag a month, but 3 weeks isn’t too bad either, especially considering that it was kind of on a garbage binge! You can see in the pictures there is also a cat food bag. TechniCal changed from a recyclable, compostable paper bag to plastic with no warning. I need to write them a letter and also may be change brands. Unfortunately, Gris Gris (see picture below) really likes TechniCal, but hopefully she can adapt.
My old blog was called Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout, after the Shel Silverstein poem. I’ve been thinking about that poem and I think it illustrates the idea our society seems to have that garbage just goes away to some magical place and disappears. The garbage takes over the world because Sarah refuses to take it to the curb. Why wouldn’t it take over the world once taken to the curb? It’s the same amount in land fill. We seem to think the earth just eats it and it’s gone. OK, so I admit I’m probably over analyzing a kid’s poem that is purely for entertainment, but the idea is not just in this poem. Early in January, we made an appearance on the Paul and Carole Mott Show. Paul Mott was concerned about making no garbage because the garbage men would be out of work, and at one point he said “the earth just eats it anyway” and he was 100% serious. This is an intelligent grown man, and he really thought the garbage eventually just goes away. Most of our garbage isn’t biodegradable so it has no chance of being “eaten by the earth” and even the garbage that is biodegradable doesn’t have much of a chance in landfill. Maybe I should have recommended that he go see the trash exhibit at the science centre. They show how landfills actually sort of mumify garbage, preserving it so it can’t biodegrade. An apple in a land fill will look basically the same in 100 years, where as is will decompose completely in just over a month in a composter, and about the same if you just buried it in the forest or left it for nature to deal with. I understand we can’t just leave everything out, but I have to admit, when I am traveling I bury my organic garbage by the side of the road rather than throwing it in a bin.