Filed under: Waste + Recycling | Tags: "reduce, Dr. Pepper, landfill, Lauren Keith, recycle, reuse, trash, University of Kansas, waffles, waste
photo by Vitor, flickr.com
It’s nice that this assignment is over. I can finally take a load off. Or out.
Actually, the amount of trash that I generated in the first day was not even worthy of a picture, so I extended the assignment’s time frame to cover from Friday until five minutes ago, and I’m still simultaneously intrigued by and disappointed in my waste.
I guess I’m not as “wasted” as I thought I was.
This is all of the trash generated over the past five days.
Including (but not limited to):
-junk mail and magazine inserts
-maybe the worst bagel I’ve ever had
-far too many receipts: And how can I go to both Wal-Mart and The Merc? I only bought a pack of stickers, and I died a little when I walked inside.
-Waffles, constituting at least 30 percent of my diet.
-Dr Pepper, the breakfast of champions
-plastic wrap from leftovers, sticker packaging and the top of crouton bags
When separated into recyclables, the picture is a little different (separated by the red plastic line from my new bag of cheese. I better get some “reuse” points there).
During the tour of Hamm Landfill, Charlie Sedlock said that about 80 percent of the trash was fibrous products, like cardboard, something that I couldn’t believe. What about all of those diapers, food scraps and unshredded personal data from the University?
But then seeing my own trash, I would guess that Charlie’s estimation is accurate.
I was really proud of how much of my waste could be recycled, but I seem to have forgotten the less popular Rs. Even if I am recycling, I am still consuming.
I’ve never been happy about being below average, but these are pictures that I could post on the refrigerator that Mom would be proud of.
As long as they aren’t on a piece of paper.
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