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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 25-Go for Zero Waste

I just realized the other day when we were at one of the recycling stations that there is still more stuff we could recycle. We compost and seperate newspaper, cardboard, metal and glass but what we still should think of is soft plastic and hard plastic stuff. I found a sorting guide for Sweden here, so I will take a look and try to find out where we could store those for recycling.

Also I found information on electrical appliances and batteries here, we haven't thrown out anything in those categories in ages but it could come in handy. Additionally, sopor.nu could be a website worth checking out when it comes to trash.

What I find most annoying with recycling is where to store the trash until taken to the recycling station. It doesn't bring a lot of feng shui to keep a line of bins in the living room and I can't say that I am thrilled with the amount of recycling stations in this country so far. We have to drive 30 minutes to get to the nearest one - normal trash and compost bin we have just by the road, but that's it.

I think it needs to be easier to recycle for more people to take it seriously. The best would of course be not to create any trash from the beginning, which is a challenge for the suppliers. I try to avoid plastic wrapping and such when I go grocery shopping but it's impossible. Unless you want to cook solely zucchini and banana, even the damn cucumber is wrapped in plastic! I haven't either found any alternatives to the supermarket chains in our area, like markets or such. 

Talking about trash though, the Rubbish diet blog has a trash challenge going on during February, I will follow to see if any nice tips will come up, and keep you posted!


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