Three tea-bag packets
Three tea bags
Plastic wrapper for sponge*
Cap for the water cooler bottle*
Peels of two clementine oranges
Small piece of cardboard from tea carton
Aluminum tab off box of soup
Cardboard strip from box of crackers
*I almost didn't include these items, because I felt like this wasn't really *my* trash- I didn't order a new sponge, it was sitting on the sink. And everyone uses the water cooler. Wasn't this our communal trash, not my own? But then I realized that communal trash is at once everyone's trash and no one's trash. If I didn't claim this as my own, no one would. As I had thrown it away, it was mine.
3 paper towels
Tinfoil Wrapper off of a wine bottle
Cork for wine bottle
Loose tea leaves
Fines (a word coined by William Rathje to define hair, dust, floor sweepings, and the other stuff that settles to the bottom of the can.)
Bulk mail packet
1 solicitation letter
1 catalog (Augh! How many times do you have to ask to be taken off, already?!)
Weight of house trash (recycling not included):
About a pound? It was pretty hard to tell with a normal bathroom scale.
The trash from the house is mostly left over from the weekend. I had a very close friend of mine from college visiting, and we were so busy hanging out, that much of the detritus of the weekend never made it to the trash until today. The paper towels were ones he used; I have some on hand for guests' convenience. The pizza box and cork are from a meal over the weekend- it was raining and we didn't feel like going out. The actual wine bottle made it to my bag of "things to recycle" on Sunday.
All in all, I did pretty well, though I suspect that this may partly be due to the observer effect- by observing my garbage, I also affected it, by throwing out less than I normally might. It'll be interesting to see what happens as I get more used to the trash diary. If the observer effect gradually disappears, my trash should increase over the course of the week.
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