Green Garbage

I visited my sister and her new baby in  the San Francisco area a couple weeks ago.  One day happened to be trash day and I noticed something.  They had tiny little trash cans.  The green compost and blue recycle bins were the same size as ours here, but the brown trash cans were half the size.  I questioned my sister about this as it was curious.

The city recently went with a new waste removal company.  Part of the contract was to get people to recycle and compost more. Their solution, give everyone smaller trash cans.  In fact, my sister informed me, the size I was seeing was not the free size.  That was the larger size and you had to pay for it.  Apparently, one could also pay even more for a regular size trash bin.

This got me thinking. First, brilliant idea as far as I’m concerned.  Smaller trash cans to encourage better recycling and composting.  Second, I wondered if my family of five with a child in diapers could make do with the smaller size bin.

Finally, I thought about how I’ve gotten a little lazy on the composting thing.  I have a compost bin (two actually) in my backyard and we can put food scraps in our green bins, so I have no real excuse, but I’ve still been throwing banana peels and the like in the regular trash can.  I could reduce our garbage by a fair amount if I made a little effort.

So that’s what I’m going to do.  Make a little more effort and compost more.

How about you?  Are you good about recycling and composting?  Do you think smaller garbage cans are a good idea?  Does your city do anything to encourage less trash production?


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  1. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    We have a city composting program, it takes all food waste, paper, egg cartons… That and recycling is picked up weekly.
    Every second week is garbage and yard waste.

    With all organic waste in the green bin, it makes it very apparent that my garbage is full of plastic wrappers. I hate that. I’d totally support smaller garbage cans.
    Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli´s last post ..Let’s Cook, Together.

  2. Jen @ Lita's World
    Twitter: litasworld

    Yep, we have the same thing as SF a bit south of there. I LOVE the small trash cans because, as you say, it encourages us to compost and recycle…I think it actually works. Some weeks we don’t even have to take the trash can up to the curb because it’s still almost empty. Plus, I’ve gotten lazy on my composting in my yard bin…I think I need to move it to a more accessible spot actually.

    I, too, have been trying to cut out plastic…wow, it’s unbelievably hard!! Some things (dish soap) have no alternative..that I can figure out. I think just being aware though has caused me to cut back quite a bit (and buy from the bulk bins :)
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    • Jessica Anne says:

      I love the small trash cans! I need to move my bins closer too.

      The plastic is unbelievable! It’s so hard to avoid. I think at least being aware of it and trying is something.