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Reducing Trash

Reducing Trash

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Today I am cleaning out the fridge like I do every Wednesday – garbage day. I am astounded at how much food is wasted each week. I decided I needed to make some changes so that we weren’t wasting so much food. I needed to come up with a plan. What could we do as a family to reduce trash?

Back in January my husband and I made a New Year’s resolution to create meal plans every week. We stuck with it for a long time, and really noticed a difference with our budget. I quickly saw a decrease in the amount of food we threw away each week. Having a grocery list with only necessities ensured we weren’t buying too much food. I only bought enough food for the week, that way the food was fresh, and didn’t have a chance to expire. As I got lazy with our meal plan, so did my grocery lists. I started stocking up on whatever I wanted that day, without putting much thought in to what I was buying. Slowly our trash started to build.  I intend to sit down and write up a meal plan for the week so that I can start cutting down on our trash immediately.

Another way to reduce waste is to use leftovers. I would usually cook enough each meal to either freeze an additional meal or have enough left over for lunch the next day. This way we were consuming everything we cooked. It was great having meals made ahead in the freezer for days I didn’t feel like cooking. Instead of just grabbing bits at the grocery store I could just unthaw a meal and cut down on non essentials. Leftovers are a big hit with my family too, they don’t mind eating the same meal the next day for lunch. I try to mix it up a bit too if I can so it doesn’t get too repetitive. If we ate roast beef the night before, I would make sandwiches the next day for lunch.  I found that a lot of the waste was leftover food so this should help minimize that.

Other ways I can help reduce the waste in my household is to start composting. This is something I have never done before so I have been researching the best way to get started. Composting takes kitchen scrapes and turns it into a soil enhancer. You can compost anything from tea bags (which I use a lot of)  egg shells,  vegetables and much more. Looking at what we throw out each day, we could definitely cut down on our trash just be adding a compost in our yard. If this is something you are interested in doing, there are a lot of websites that can teach you how to start. Check out Home Depots easy guide for beginners.

These are my tips to eliminate garbage in our home. There are however, many other ways we can help the environment, maybe a future blog post in the making. What ways do you and your family eliminate waste?

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  1. StephanieS Friday - 24 / 08 / 2012 Reply
    We have six blue boxes. Two for plastic, two for paper and two for metal/glass. Our recycling is picked up every second Thursday. By time that second Thursday comes around, each and every one of our blue boxes are filled to the brim! It's kind of embarrassing - everyone on our street has one or two bins - and here were are with six. I don't know what other people are doing to have such little recycling. In the spring time, we bought a composter. This alone has cut our garbage down by probably 50%!
    • Erin
      Sunday - 26 / 08 / 2012 Reply
      Stephanie - how do you find the bugs are with the composting? I've heard from some people that it can be messy. How has your experience been?
  2. Tricia Sunday - 26 / 08 / 2012 Reply
    I would love to hear any tips on composting. Are you enjoying it?
  3. StephanieS Tuesday - 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply
    You'll have to ask my better half! That's his job! LOL......honestly though - he says it's not that bad. Here's my Skype conversation with him.....enjoy! LOL - [6:58:31 PM] Stephanie S: what does the composter look like [6:58:35 PM] Stephanie S: are there lots of bugs? [6:58:51 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: wassup? [6:58:56 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: a little [6:58:57 PM] Stephanie S: just want to know [6:59:01 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: not too many [6:59:02 PM] Stephanie S: someone is asking about it [6:59:10 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: ah ha! [6:59:11 PM] Stephanie S: in the ottawa valley mom group [6:59:15 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: but im too smart [6:59:25 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: i layer the food with grass clippings [6:59:34 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: no smell or bugs [6:59:51 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: cuz i researched it online [6:59:56 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: cuz im so smart [7:00:03 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: and incredliby handsome [7:00:27 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: tell them they need to layer it [7:00:35 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: not too much grass [7:00:42 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: just so the stuff is covered - sprinkle it over the food scraps - and NO fat, butter, meat etc [7:01:18 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: not even traces of it [7:01:20 PM] LaurAlexco On Skype: oil either LOL
    • Erin
      Tuesday - 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply
      Bahahahahahahahahaha *breathe* bahahaha... Your husband is awesome and sounds exactly like mine. I love that you just posted this here for us as I'd do the same thing. Very helpful too!! xo
  4. StephanieS Tuesday - 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply
    Ewww...well that post looks ugly! Sorry about that!
  5. Tricia Tuesday - 28 / 08 / 2012 Reply
    Thanks Stephanie. Please tell your husband thank you too! I will try one out and let you know how it goes! :)

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