Taking Out the Trash


This is my garbage can. The price is marked on the lid (2.5 Tunisian dinar = 1.830295 U.S. dollars). I put a 1/2 meter ruler on the floor as a size reference. I screwed a wine cork into the top as a handle.

If any plastic bags find their way into our home, they are reused in whatever manner makes the most sense. The final use is of course to contain garbage. Lately I have been very good at avoiding plastic bags and as a consequence I haven’t been using a bag inside this garbage can. My community has small communal dumpsters out on the main road. Carrying a can there and back is not much of a hardship. I often see people stopping beside these dumpsters with their nice cars and tossing in the trash on their way to town. I can’t do this for two reasons. First off, I don’t have a car. Secondly, I have to take the can back home. These means that I have to walk an extra 260 steps every 2-3 days. I haven’t checked, but I bet a lot of the people who take their garbage for a car ride double bag.

I recently moved house and I am turning the idea of composting over in my head. My head is not a suitable container for composting. I am open to suggestions from anyone who is composting at home. I have access to a postage stamp garden in a common entrance area and I don’t want to create anything that offends the eyes or noses of my neighbors. I live in a Mediterranean climate, so I am not comfortable jumping into to project with just my Canadian composting experiences.

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2 Responses to Taking Out the Trash

  1. N. says:

    How do you feel about living with worms? We have a small rubbermaid container (approx 15 gallons) that is home to 1lb of composting worms. It’s low cost, low maintenance and it doesn’t smell once you get the balance right. You have to make sure it’s not to wet and they have enough air. It took us a little bit to get this right but now its great.

  2. Plasticless says:

    My old employer back in Canada started operating a large-scale worm composter with the idea of feeding them bakery waste, cafe waste and landscaping waste.

    Unfortunately, a lot of kits that I see advertised for home use can’t handle the amount of kitchen scraps that are produced when we feed our family.