how to minimise your household rubbish – day six

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daily household rubbish - day sixNot long to go, dear readers, before you find out exactly why we have been keeping a bin inventory this week. I hope you’ll think it was worth it. I hope I do too – it’s been an astonishing amount of work to itemise all this stuff!

paper – 231g

couple of free newspapers
leaflets put through the door
butter wrapper

metal – 95g

pineapple tin
soup tin

glass – 1.32kg

I’ve been scraping out the last bits from several jars:
2 curry sauce jars
2 honey pots
jar of olives

cardboard – 114g

pizza box
toothpaste tube box
outers from yogurt pots

tetrpaks – 39g

1 soya milk carton

Food – 430g

Fruit and vegetable peelings

plastic / misc – 111g

4 yogurt pots and lids
toothpaste tube
chocolate raisins bag
dried fruit bag
plastic wrapping from pizza
crisps bag
milk bottle


What happens to all the stuff?

  • Paper, metal and glass can be put out for kerbside collection. Find out what your council collect by contacting your local office
  • Cardboard and tetrapaks will be stored for taking to our local recycling centre next time we are passing by. With spring on the doorstep, I’ll start keeping shredded cardboard for the compost heap. Find out where your nearest recycling centre is with Recycle Now.
  • Food is all raw food scraps such as fruit and vegetable peelings and eggs shells. These will be composted.
  • The 3 gms of plastic are all type 4, which can be put in with supermarket carrier bags in SOME stores. Alternatively, it can be stored up and sent off to Polyprint for recycling.
  • Yogurt pots and lids will either be saved and donated to a local school or playgroup for art use or sent to GHS for recycling.
  • The plastic milk bottle can be recycled at our local recycling centre next time we are passing by.
  • The rest of the items (toothpaste tube, chocolate raisins bag, dried fruit bag, plastic pizza wrapping and crisp packet are non recyclable and will end up in the landfill.

All in all it weighed 2.34kgs of which 30g (the 5 non recyclable items) will end up in landfill waste.

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Fluttering Sam says:

    SNAP! My children had that exact same pizza last night as I wasn’t up to cooking 🙂

  2. Mrs Green says:

    phew! glad to know I’m in good company. I’ve never bought anything like this before 😀

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