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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Day 5 - 1/5/08

Today's Haul:

  • 1 package of instant oatmeal - garbage pile as the inside is metallic coated
  • 3 napkins from a dinner out (they kept on replacing them!) - worms
  • 1 mac and cheese cardboard box - recycle as it's got some coating that I don't think the worms will dig (heheh)
  • 1 mac and cheese cheese packet - garbage pile
  • 1 handful of edamame skins - worms
  • 1 incredibly annoying trader joe's plastic pear holder-HATE THESE (but they are compostble or so it says on the bottom) - recycle pile
  • 1 pair wooden chopsticks - cleaned and heading to the basement "will eventually find some use for this" box
  • 1 paper covering from chopsticks -worms

4 comments:

Fake Plastic Fish said...

1 incredibly annoying trader joe's plastic pear holder-HATE THESE (but they are compostble or so it says on the bottom) - recycle pile

Maybe you should make a "compost" pile separate from recycling and worms. These compostable plastics are contaminants in the regular plastic recycling stream and should never be put into recycling bins. They can go into green waste bins in those cities that have them. I've tried composting one in my backyard composter, and it does seem to be breaking down.

I only bought this container as an experiment to see if it really would break down. I wouldn't do it again. They are a waste of resources as far as I'm concerned.

Dave said...

Great point. I have a call into the city about the green bin anyway.

dave

christyb said...

What about dog waste bags that are compostable - like BioBags? I do put those in the regular trash (they are "filled" too) when on a walk. What should be done with those? When at home and she goes on the patio it goes into the toilet.

christyb said...

Chopsticks - consider buying some for the house. No waste! Also, I got a "travel set". They came with four pair each in its own weaved sleeve. NO plastic in the packaging at all. I got them from a local fair trade store, here's a link to where they got them from:

http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/home.php

And here they are:

http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/product.detail.php?product_id=7276

From what I understand the environmental impact of disposable chopsticks is immense.