The ton of stuff, revisited
I have been pleased that I got rid of a ton of stuff. But I was recently shocked to learn that most people throw away about a ton of stuff a year! I laughed as I realized I wouldn’t make headlines for cleaning out a ton of stuff, when others send that much to the dump in a year.
I wonder how much trash I throw away in a year. Generally it’s 1-3 plastic grocery bags of stuff a week. Another 1-2 of recycling, at least during this downsizing process. That would be… 10-15 pounds? That’s about 500-600 pounds of trash a year. Too much, but only a fourth of what apparently is considered average in America.
So I’m now considering a new challenge: I want to get to a point where I know I only take 10 pounds a week to the trash. Then less if possible. Not by simply refusing to throw things away, and not by rethinking what could be donated or recycled since I already do that. This I will need to do by rethinking what I buy and choosing items with less packaging whenever possible and shopping more wisely for food. (I rent, so I can’t compost. Food waste is a large portion of my trash weight each month.) I don’t know how it will work. But then, I didn’t think I could get rid of a ton of stuff, either. But I did… and more.
Hmmm… perhaps I could find someone who composts…