How much garbage do you send to the landfill?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I live alone (with my German Shepherd) and I send a 13-gallon bag to the landfill maybe every two weeks. I compost my veggie scraps and I recycle. If I buried my used bones and bought less packaged stuff I could do even better.

How many people are in your household and how much trash do you send to the landfill? Do you have tricks for producing less waste?

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on July 17, 2012
at 02:51 AM

I think that if I answer this honestly, I will be going to Hell, and everyone here will hate me.



on July 17, 2012
at 12:57 AM

When we stopped eating SAD we noticed a BIG drop in our output, and when we started composting an even bigger drop in output and total weight of the bags. We also raw feed our two big dogs - so the raw bones from a deboned chicken, etc gets used up that way,...and our Eclectus parrots eat most of the leftover/over ripe fruits and veg and the ends and bits of leftover salad fixings. All the wasted stuff at the bottom of the bird cage gets composted now - and that was really adding to our volume previously.

We didn't start eating paleo to cut down on our waste, but have found it a very happy benefit!


on July 17, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Since I home cook with raw ingredients without packaging, not as much garbage as I used to eating out and buying packaged meals. I still produce garbage from frozen vegetable/fruit packagings and the bottles and wrappings for dairy.



on July 17, 2012
at 02:07 AM

There are currently 3 of us in the house, two adults and an almost 8-year-old, two cats and two dogs (one is 90 pounds and the other is 3.5 pounds). We usually have one 8-gallon bag each week, slightly more if I buy pet food. I try to use the pet-food bags as trash bags, but usability depends upon who opened it. =)



on July 17, 2012
at 12:57 AM

I live alone also, I end up with about a standard sized bag a week.

Edit: Down from about 2 a week before I changed my diet.

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