Trash: Up Close and Personal
On the scale of 1 to 10, ten being the highest, how would you rate yourself when it comes to trash management? We’re not keeping scores so be honest about it. So why ask the question in the first place - because we oftentimes take in stride our own actions but readily see the ones others are making. Sometimes, we can instantly see the obvious and look pass the minute details.
We tend to forget that we may know stuff in theory, but the thing is, are we really applying it in real life? When it comes to trash management, knowing is different from doing. Your knowledge won’t do much unless you put it into action. Only action will affect change.
Is this trash yours?
When we say trash we usually envision this:
There’s no doubt that there are trash in there!
But what about this:
Are you sure this is a trash free house?
It’s possible that this is trash free house, but the real question is where are those trashes now? In landfills perhaps or hope-not in creeks or rivers. Keeping your house clean and trash-free doesn’t start and end with keeping the trash off your territory. At some point, you’ll be surprised at how this trash can find their way back to you.
Let’s get personal
Did you know that an average person could easily generate 4.4 pounds of trash every day? You can roughly do the math here and compute your family’s worth of trash on a weekly basis – say you’re four or six in the family. Or you can multiply that by the population of your community, and so on and so forth. I don’t know about you but I’m getting tons and tons of trash here that could easily take up space in landfills. No wonder why those landfills are gigantic in size!
Sadly, from that average trash per person, only one third is recycled or composted when it reality you can actually do more and divert up to 75 percent of this trash. Meaning to say you can recycle more, compost more or reuse more. It means you can save a lot more space from landfills.
So if you’re not recycling in any way, that is a whopping 4.4 pounds of trash back into earth everyday – and you’re how old today?
Take accountability for your actions (or non action)
First off, it’s our trash, it’s our responsibility.
Take the initiative to know your trash more. Not every trash needs to go to landfills. It will tremendously help our environment if we can save landfill spaces and learn to integrate back recyclables or reusable items back into our daily life.
Know what your community can take and if facilities are available for some of your recyclables. Segregate your recyclables accordingly and know the curbside pick-up schedules in your area.
Take advantage of organizations accepting scraps for their DIY or arts and crafts projects. What better way to reuse trash by creating artworks that will both convey conservation and preservation messages while sharing ingenuity and creativity.
It’s important that we give time to assess our own trash disposal habits right within our home. We need to be open minded about updating our trash management system regardless if we’ve grown accustomed to it for so long. Even a self-confess eco-conscious mom like me, still finds room for improvement from time to time. After all, learning is a continuous process in this ever changing world.
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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