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I was preoccupied during the recent work stoppage and decided to stay preoccupied: three years’ participation in the city’s experiment with zero garbage service during the early Eighties left the household systems immune to the problems of festering waste. My family of three generated two large garbage bags on unrecyclable waste a year during the most wasteful period of packaging.
So, if another strike comes along, here’s how to manage: compost food waste, use a diaper service, keep cloth napkins on hand, and wash and store foam meat trays. Leave lawn clippings in place, toss weeds and small caliper prunings on the lawn and mow them. Larger prunings become barbeque fuel.
Zero garbage often means zero expense and better quality. Trim discarded textiles with a quilter’s gridded mat and rolling knife to produce quilt patches or shop wipers. Shoes are still a problem. Nylon recycles and I read recently that a long-term world supply of nylon already exists. I considered saving nylon but decided it’s a system problem, not a personal one.
Look over the contents of your waste and recycling bins to see if the elements can be reconsidered. I have found consistently that decisions that green the household improve the standard of living, reduce expense, and save time.