Ok, at this point, I've pretty much gotten through my first day. I started off with something that I knew would be a problem, dog poop.
Biscuit, who I happen to think is the greatest dog in the world, starts off every morning by doing her business on a short walk, and I realized way back when I started this that this would be one of my first problems. We have been using BioBags for her for quite some time now and they are compostable and biodegradable. Having said that, I started off day one by depositing the aforementioned bag in the trash bin. Like I said in the rules, certain things for health reasons right? That said, I vaguely recall some sort of dog poop composting system out there so I'll have to look into that. I won't mention this again, but suffice it to say, one of these a day (at least) will be part of my waste footprint.
As for the rest of the day, here's what I accumulated.
- 1 dead 15 watt fridge light bulb - Not much to do with this so in the basement it goes.
- 1 package from new 15 watt light bulb - Cut up the cardboard for the composter and I'm going to see what can be done with the plastic front and what it's made out of. More to come on this.
- 7 paper towels- We went to the beach and my three year old and five year old had to use the bathroom several times (amazing how that happens). I instinctively went to throw the paper towels away, realized I couldn't and packed em home. Now before everyone emails me, these were hand towels that simply dried clean hands. Tore them up and put them in the composter.
- 1 plastic orange juice bottle - my wife bought me this as a New Years breakfast surprise, so down to the recycling pile it goes.
- 1 paper table covering - we ate out and they had one of those white paper thingies on the table. Too much in the composter today, but I'll add this down the line.
- 1 plasticy band-aid wrapper and the two plasticy adhesive covers (I have no idea what these things are made of but will have to find out)
- 1 plastic produce bag and 1 pound of granola - apparently the best dog in the world found the granola and decided to help herself. The granola will go into the composter over time, and the bag to the recycle bin in the basement as I fear it is not salvageable.
- 1 receipt - it'll end up in the composter
As a side note, my 5 year old asked me why I was taking the table covering and I explained what I was doing. She asked me why I didn't want to throw anything away and I explained to her that when we do that, it gets taken to a large hole in the ground so we can forget about it, but it still causes all sorts of problems. She pointed out that that didn't sound too smart.
If only kids rules the world.
See ya tomorrow.