While visiting with my sister I mentioned my costs would be cut by living at the cabin because I wouldn’t have trash fees. She questioned, in a rather surprised way, how I planned to live without trash service. I explained that they charge $2/bag if I drive it to the dump myself, and that at one Walmart bag of trash (or less since I will be able to compost there) it hardly seemed wise to spend $30-40 on trash service. She told me her family fills a trash can and a neighbor lets them put their OVERFLOW trash in her receptacle. And went on to say she didn’t know what they would do when trash service went from twice to once a week.
If I understood her, she trows away more than two 30 gallon trash cans full of trash a week. I’m stunned.
I look at the 30 gallon can in my driveway and wonder how on earth anyone could fill one. Mine usually contains one Walmart sized bag of trash. And I cringe to be throwing even that much away. I thought that was too much for me. Most of it could be recycled with a little more effort or composted in another setting.
What types of things fill a 30 gallon trash can? My sister recycles, but doesn’t compost. Surely not that many food scraps? She doesn’t even use paper towels. I don’t understand. I mentioned that to my dad tonight, and he said he and Mom throw away about a 30 gallon trash can of trash a week between just the two of them. They don’t recycle. Still, I don’t get it. What does the average American throw away on a weekly basis?