Want to minimize your waste? Try a tiny trash can!
When I began my #zerowastechallenge, one of the first things I did was reconfigure my waste sorting so the largest bins were compost and recycling. In the middle is my new trash can (formerly my bathroom wastebasket). This simple change made my son and me more conscious of our collective trash output.
Before I started living zero waste, I had a trash can in every room of the house. In my kitchen, the trash can was the largest bin and my compost bin was the smallest. Unfortunately, this made it easy to throw things away (and have them magically disappear) and made composting a chore. Emptying a tiny compost container almost daily into a backyard compost bin in the middle of winter was a pain, to say the least! (No wonder more people don’t compost!) I was making the eco-friendly choice extremely inconvenient for myself.
When you have a tiny trash can, you become much more aware of what you’re throwing away because you actually see it. And because it’s small, you’ll want to avoid filling it up. For me, the adoption of a tiny trash can has led me to question every single piece of waste. Before I throw anything into that tiny trash can, I look up whether I can repurpose or compost it first.
Since going zero waste, I no longer need trash cans in every room—just one tiny trash can in our kitchen. Plus, I no longer need to roll my trash to the curb every week 🙂