Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: How to easily label trash and recycle in the kitchen
While I did some recycling in Ohio (and a lot of composting!), recycling took on a whole new meaning when we moved to Washington two years ago. Not only can I recycle practically anything, I don't have to sort and or drive to the recycling center to drop things off -- it gets picked up at the curb!
Because I don't have to sort, I just have two cans under my kitchen sink: Trash and Recycle. When the bag gets full, I take it outside and dump it into the trash can or recycle bin out there. Once a week, I take the trash out to the road, to be picked up. So convenient!
When we moved to this rental house, we got a different trash service and they sent a flyer listing everything we can and can't recycle. I knew there was no way I could remember everything, and I didn't want to either put the wrong stuff in the trash OR in the recycle bin.
So, I taped the list of "dos and don'ts" to the side of the recycle trash can. I love having it there for quick reference, but it's not another paper cluttering up my kitchen counter. :)
I also put a big "TRASH" label on the trash can, so everyone could remember which can was which. I explained it to all of the children, including Ruth (who was just 2 at the time) and they can easily follow my instructions of putting something "in recycle" or "in the trash can". :)
(This tip was shown/mentioned in my kitchen tour video.)
I'm also extremely happy that after nearly a month, switching to a smaller trash can size has worked out okay. I switched to the smallest size of customer-provided can, which is 20-gallons once a week (and unlimited recycling), and would save $7/month. I was a little worried that we would make more trash than that, but we haven't! In fact, there's even been a little extra room each week still. :)
My top 3 tips for making less trash:
- Use cloth everything! Napkins, towels, diapers, etc. We've been doing most of this for years, so it's not difficult (most of the time...)
- Recycle as much as possible! I'm glad this is an easy option for us.
- Compost, or use the garbage disposal. I love composting and hope to get back to it some day! :)
More tips for reducing trash output (from Ohio, when we paid per bag for trash pickup)
And, just because I'm curious, please vote in my poll about trash pickup prices! :)
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