Simple & Easy Steps To Reduce Waste #SCJZeroWaste
Have you ever thought about how much your family wastes in a week? A few weeks ago, I shared with you eight ways to reduce waste and posted a challenge to reduce waste. So how did I do? Well, read for yourself.
I’m going to 100% honest here: this was tough. Not because of the SC Johnson Zero Waste Challenge itself, but because during this process I was in the middle of a long distance move. It’s not just a move, it’s a downsize (as we’re renting a small place while waiting for our house to sell) so there were a lot of things I needed to get rid of, but here is what I did: instead of tossing out unwanted toys/cell phones/small appliances I either sold them, donated them or recycled them.
It seems like common sense, but I’m a purger I don’t like clutter. I tossed stuff often in the past because I didn’t want to wait for someone to pick up items, but for this challenge, I had a little patience and it paid off. As a bonus, my old things got a new life.
Now that I’m in my new place, I jumped onto the recycling program that the city has organized and I’m noticing a huge difference in the amount of waste we produce. We have two recycling bins: one for boxes and one for plastics. Being a blogger, I get a lot of mail so the one for boxes is a lifesaver! It’s easy to break them down and put them in the laundry room until collection day.
Since we started recycling, we only use the garbage for food scraps (we’re not composting yet), “night time underwear” for my toddler, and non-recycle options.
They’re small changes, but they add up big time!
To recap, here are a few steps to reduce waste:
- Post your unwanted items on Facebook Buy and Sells, Kijiji, and Craigslist (not only do you get rid of stuff, but you also get some money out of it).
- Anything you don’t sell with step 1, donate or take to the appropriate recycle depots.
- Start recycling bins for plastics and put your water bottles, milk jugs, and empty coffee pods in there (I have also seen coffee pod recycling stations are certain grocery stores).
- Start another recycling bin for cardboard and packaging: granola bar boxes, pizza boxes, and shipping boxes can all go there (this is great since Christmas shopping is right around the corner).
For more ideas read these 8 Surprising Ways to Reduce Waste.
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Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with SC Johnson and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.