Tuesday, August 24, 2010


In case you ever wondered what trash looks like for a family of 7 {nearly 8, but really at this point the baby makes no trash at all, so we can't really count him or her this time around!}, this is it.

Yup, that's all.

And we weren't even gone at all this week. When we're gone it sometimes barely covers the whole bottom. But, on the other hand, then there's that 3rd week in March when we have 3 birthdays and make more trash than this . . . or we decide to do a major garage clean-up . . . or there's Christmas or something. But, on a normal week, this is about all we make . . . thanks to reuse, upcycling, recycling and composting! Not too shabby, I'd say.

In other randomness, Kirb was on campus at Northwestern last night and happened to be driving the van. A student came up to him and asked "Are you the shuttle?" Kirb told him no, but when he was ready to leave about 10 minutes later, and the real shuttle still hadn't arrived he introduced himself to the guy and asked if he wanted a ride and proceeded to drive the student to his off-campus dorm a few miles away . . . what a guy. I guess we're just askin' for that kind of question by driving our big vehicle.


  1. I am so impressed. I need to do some learning from you! Our garbage is always full to the MAX!

  2. your lack of garbage being taken to a landfill is downright inspiring! now to convince my hubby that we NEED a compost bin in order to reduce our own piles of trash! :D

  3. That is VERY IMPRESSIVE! I don't think I'd know where to start, but it makes me sad that we all aren't doing what you are!

  4. You should definitely get a smaller trash can. Use the money you save to have a coffee date. :)


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