Recycle. We like that term. It makes us feel good to put stuff in the green can instead of the trash. However, have you ever wondered about the trash bag? “I do not use plastic bags” but still use plastic trash bags. How is that helping?
-We’ve all been there
Sad news. Recycled made trash bags still contain plastic and still will not degrade in the dump. A biodegradable plastic bag in the dump is still a plastic bag.
What about paper bags? Not really because they are use trees and greenhouse gases to produce. They also do not biodegrade in a landfill.
The Best Way
Bagless. Yep. Sounds gross and icky right? There are ways to combat that and make it so that cleaning is not often and super disgusting.
Things that make trash yucky:
• Food scraps
• Meat packaging
• Greasy things
• Pet litter
• Wet things
Alright so here is how to combat all that.
Compost the food scraps. There are bins or worm cans you can get and use it to make soil again. Places like San Francisco, New York, and Massachusetts offer reduced bins to residents and some places have city-wide composting.
For other products such as meat, grease, etc, some people wrap it up in used packaging that you throw away anyway to help keep the can clean. For example cereal box liners put things in there and it acts like a bag. Also rinse out your containers. It will get rid of the food that contributes to the smell. Also just be aware of what you buy.
Recycle glass, cans, and other plastic. But there is something interesting. You should never line your recycle bin with plastic because it jams up the machines.
Pet litter is a big one. We all like our fur babies. There are products out there like Integrity cat litter, or compostable doggie bags (which if go in land fill will not compost). By using these products it creates biodegradable, flushable pet litter instead. It is an alternative to the landfill.
Old newspaper can work as a liner if you need one. It will degrade and can be used to wrap trash in. Another alternative is to have a cloth bag to carry trash in-one that can be thrown in the wash when needed.
Sites to Check out
If you succeed to this point, then your actual trash will fill very slowly, and reduce the use of it. It also will get rid of the smelly gross trash! Who knew?
These are not the best solutions since they can cause other problems, but it is better than what we do now. By reducing waste, composting, and stop using plastic trash bags, you can save money and allow the Earth to breathe a little better.
-This post is dedicated to my roomie/best friend who had this question. I have often wondered this myself.
For ways to ditch other plastic take a look at some of my previous posts.