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How Much Trash Do You Produce in a Day

After reading the article from the AARP Bulletin, which I posted yesterday about generating 50 tons of trash by the time we are 70, I decided today to see how much trash I generate in a day. I have been amazed.

For breakfast, I finished off the last of a large bag of raisins. The raisin bag isn’t recyclable, so I put it in the trash. Luckily, I compost the coffee filter and the grounds from my morning coffee.

While dressing, I put the plastic dry cleaner bag in a bag to take to Publix for recycling. The wire hangers I’ll take back to the dry cleaner. The safety pins I keep and reuse. Any paper generated from the dry cleaning goes into the paper recycling bin.

I needed a new roll of toilet paper. I recycled the cardboard tubes and the paper wrapping around the new roll of Scotts Tissue. No, the used toilet paper is flushed away. I’m crazy, but not that crazy.

Before lunch, I discarded a CD at work. Is there anything we can do with CD-ROMs? At lunch, I used three paper towels (something I have eliminated at home) which added to the trash. Parts of the tomato I was eating was thrown away. At home, I would have put the inedible parts into the compost.

I also trashed the tea bag that I used at work, while at home this would have gone into the compost bin. We can’t compost at work because our office in an office building. It’s a miracle that some office paper is collected and recycled. When I suggested setting up plastic and aluminum bins for recycling, I was rejected. Personally I use my own cup, dinnerware and flatware at the office. I refuse to use the styrofoam offered by my employer.

Through the afternoon, I added to the trash bin gum and an apple core (again, something I would add to the compost heap at home). After a trip to the ladies room at work, I realized that every trip there added two paper towels (as well as that unusable toilet paper) to the trash heap today.

After working late, at home I found a mound of mail, both junk and necessary. Fortunately, all is paper, and all will go into the recycling bin.

While preparing dinner, any vegetable scraps went into the plastic tub for the compost pile. We don’t eat meat, so we don’t have fats and bones to discard.

I throw away and accumulate less “trash” at home. I’m not sure if I collected 4.5 lbs. of trash today, but I realize now that I generate more trash that I thought. I’ll be traveling Friday through Sunday. It’s very hard to be green while flying and staying in a hotel. Everything is disposable.

I suspect that the 50 tons may be underestimated, since more disposeable items are available now. Someone born in 1980 will definitely produce more trash than someone born in 1940. In 1940, there were no disposable diapers. Unfortunately that person born in 1940 might wind up in disposable diapers afterall.

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How To Stop Credit Card Solicitations

Coworker Bill posted this helpful notice on our employer’s intranet this morning:

It turns out that it pays to read the fine print. Not a day passes that I don’t get at least one junk mail enticement to sign up for a credit card. Airlines, hotels, associations, the credit card companies themselves – they send out probably billions of these offers every year.

However – you can get off their lists, off their bull’s-eye. The answer, it happens, is right there in plain sight – if you take the time to read the fine print.

Those terms and conditions statements that accompany the mailings include instructions for opting out of what is called “pre-screened offers.”“Pre-screening” means that the credit card issuer has checked your credit rating and decided you might could maybe qualify for this card – the wording is weasely because they don’t want to be sued if you apply and it turns out you’re a deadbeat.

But, just as they have to check with the credit bureaus to determine your credit-worthiness, you can instruct those bureaus to tell the credit companies “no thanks.” Here’s how:

or write:
Equifax Options, PO Box 740123, Atlanta GA 30374-0123
Experian Target Marketing, PO Box 919, Allen TX 75013
TransUnion Opt out Request, PO Box 505, Woodlyn PA 19094-0505

It will take some time for your name to be purged from the lists, and for the junk-mail flood to diminish, as these companies line up mailings like bullets in a machine gun belt. Meanwhile, ALWAYS shred these offers, as they can be used in identity theft schemes. Also, when you apply for things like hotel loyalty programs, always check the no-solicitation options to forestall getting back on new lists.

Thanks, Bill, I’m doing this today. I hate those little fake plastic cards that I get daily.

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