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Garbage: It’s Stinking
by Michelle Giroux
It’s likely that the general
population doesn’t spend too awfully long thinking of ways to reduce the
expense of garbage waste. It is usually just thought of as a necessity and
are maybe just grateful to find the occasional cents off coupon for trash
bags in the newspaper’s weekend
insert. For those who are diligently attempting to cut back on household
supply expenses, it is possible to save money in the garbage storage and
removal department. Here are a few ideas that can help stop the waste of
cash and help the environment at the same time.
* Instead of throwing away all of those free bags that are used to carry
your groceries home, save them. The plastic bags can be used to line the
small trashcans throughout the house, in the bathroom for example. They
can also be inserted into paper bags and put in
larger cans as many folks (including myself) have done in the name
of improvising when they run out of the store bought bags. (To eliminate
an overabundance they can be reused at the grocery store. Some stores even
pay money to costumers for providing their
* For large garbage bags buy the stretchable durable ones that are now on
the market such as the new Force Flex ^tm bags by Glad ®. Although they
are a bit expensive than some of the others they
will not break as so often does with the cheap poor quality bags. These
bags actually do stretch considerably which means all of the smaller bags
can be stuffed into it. This is most cost efficient
for those who have to pay for each individual bag to be removed, no matter
how small. The small bags can remain in a storage area until there is
enough waste material to fill the large bag.
* Compost: Many people think of composting as tedious backbreaking
labor that is very costly in terms of supplies. True, there are expensive
storage containers and tools that are meant to aid in the production of
mulch. Even if rich soil is the end goal there
are more economical alternatives to the expensive products. An area in the
back yard will do just fine. I make use of the hill I have behind my
house. I throw away almost all of my kitchen scraps that would otherwise
take up space in the trash bag. As far as what and want not to throw
varies according to perspective. Throwing out fatty substances close to
the house is often not
recommended as this can of course attract rodents. However an alternative
is put the pile at a considerable distance from the house.
* Recycling: Cans, bottles, jars can all be recycled. Each recycling
facility varies in which items they will accept, however food and other
household containers take up considerable trash space so every item that
would otherwise be disposed of makes a difference.
Combining all of steps together has drastically reduced my total cost of
garbage related expenses and that makes me breathe a little easier.
Michelle Giroux lives in Central Maine. Her most
important title is that of mother to a sixteen year old son. She is also am
an ed tech working in special education as well as a part time college
student working toward an English degree.