I notice. On garbage collection day, I see those big orange cans in front of some super-sized homes, and I think, “Consumers. Victims. Wasters.” And then I see those smaller green cans and think “Oh, you’re better than I am.”
You see, we have a medium-sized gray can. We don’t always fill it up, though, so John and I have been thinking of downsizing. I worry about the weeks we have company or just seem to have more trash for some reason. I could buy the extra bags for $2 for those occasions.
But now that the City of Austin has delivered my beautiful, clean, blue 40 GALLON single-stream recycling bin, I may be ready to make the leap to the smaller garbage can. This single-stream recycling deal blows my mind. They just can’t make it any easier. Pick-up is every other week. All recycling goes in there — no need to sort. Cardboard, aluminum, paper, even paperboard (cereal boxes and soda boxes.) And plastics #1-#7 now! The paperboard and some of the plastics are new additions, and I think those items might be just enough to move us up to the smallest can!
And while I’m cutting the waste in my home, I’ll work on reducing the wasted energy of judgmentalism, too.