Originally Posted by DontLookPhoto
We should be trying to recycle or re-purpose everything.
I can envision a future where we are mining old landfill dumps for the materials that we once threw away.
^^^That is the real solution...
I simply do not support across the board bans... we do not live in a one size fits all world.
I managed apartments for years and many were low income... garbage or lack of can capacity is an on going battle. I expect in a couple of weeks to find lots of discarded made in China plastic Christmas toys tossed into the trash... just the way it is.
I've never bought any of that for the kids in my family... I would rather give them a gold coin on their first birthday or take them somewhere educational when they are older... both are things they will remember long after that toy has landed at the landfill.
At home, I have the minimum mandate waste can size of 20 gallons... it would truly last a month for me.
At some of the rentals... the garbage is over flowing each week from containers twice the size and in some areas 3 times the size.
We buy lots of things in bulk... like eco paks for cereals and whole grains from the local food mill... very little packaging and what there is we recycle or re-purpose.
Still remember visits to my Grandparents small dairy farm... one summer, I had some high school friends come for a week to stay... they were in shock and awe... in a good way.
My Grandparents didn't have a garbage can... they only bought once a month and most things were in bulk... Grandmother baked her own bread, put up preserves and used a magnificent Wedgewood stove that was wood on one side and electric on the other.
Whatever table scraps that were left went to the compost or livestock...
One year, her peaches got the peach blight and she really missed having peaches to put up...
I brought with me a case of Del Monte canned peaches not realizing they didn't own a can opener... they never bought anything in cans.
Each empty can made it to my Grandfather's workshop and was used for nails, nuts and bolts...
Oh, they did really enjoy the Del Monte peaches too
It didn't take a ban or some agency telling them to live simply... it was just a way of life.
They certainly could have bought all the canned goods or plastic package items they would want in town... they just choose not to.
They also made their own soap...
I hosted some co-workers from Germany a couple of years ago... they said America is truly a rich country judged simply by what we throw away...