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?


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

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