As part of our exploration into trash, Enviro Girl is tracking what she throws in the garbage–a bit like counting calories or writing down every expenditure. To solve the trash problem (of 7 pounds per person per day in America), you have to understand it first. Enviro Girl considers herself to be well below the norm in trash production, but she’s tracking her trash because you never know what surprises you’ll find digging in the garbage…
Yesterday Enviro Girl threw away a q-tip and the seal on a bottle in the bathroom wastebasket. Their kitchen is where most trash gets tossed and in the kitchen they threw away: 1 bag from a cereal box, 1 bag from a package of cookies, 1 Twinkie wrapper, a milk cap, the plastic cap to a carton of oatmeal, 2 butter wrappers, an unrecyclable plastic honey container & lid, some moldy cheese, a greasy napkin, crumbs, the plastic seal off a container, the butcher paper off a pound of ground beef.
One day into this experiment and it’s obvious that food packaging is the dominant category of garbage at Enviro Girl’s house. Although this could be considered “household trash” since most of it came from the family eating a snack, dinner and breakfast together, Enviro Girl will credit it to herself and believe it weighs in at about 2 pounds total.
Tell the Eco Women: What’s in your trash can since yesterday? Are you above or below the national average of 7 pounds of garbage a day?