Waste not, pollute not

my waste 0.208kg jan1-16
This is what I sent to the landfill after the first two weeks of 2016, total weight 0.208kg. I keep packaging flat because it takes up less space in my room, in the truck, and in the landfill

LAST year I sent 5.1 kilograms to the local landfill which is 100 kilometers away. That’s right, 5.1kg (not 51) and 100km (not 10.0). The numbers may surprise you.

First of all I should acknowledge that what I send to the landfill is only a part of my waste stream. It doesn’t include recycling paper, cardboard, glass, metal things and recyclable plastics. Nor does it include ‘wet’ waste (food scraps).

So, my figure of 5.1 kg for the 12 months of 2015 is dry waste only, by which I mean empty cartons, cling wrap, used face masks, food packaging, razor blades, toothpaste tubesĀ and so forth.

What does this have to do with my carbon footprint?

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