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I have been wondering…how do I make so much trash? I am one sorta normal person with one old cat. How much trash can I/we generate? Apparently a lot. I mean I have a trash can that uses 13 gallon trash bags, and I take full bags, bags full of trash, to the trash chute a few times a week.
We don’t have a recycling thing here in this building. I know, I know, bad building. But you try to get 84 owners to agree about anything, even something as simple as recycling. If you can do it you deserve a prize of some sort, maybe a lifetime supply of garbage bags.
Anyway, no recycling so there are newspapers to toss. I do sort of recycle the couple of magazines I get. I put them in the laundry room for someone else to throw away. Then when I pay bills and clean up my desk there is a heap of paper to be rid of. I do conscientiously shred those papers that could lead to identity theft. Though, who would want the identity of someone with all these bills is beyond me.
Then there is the kitchen trash. No lawn or garden here so no composting. That means peels and leaves and scraps and stuff–cats don’t eat table scraps–maybe I should get a dog. No, that would mean taking it out for “walks” every day, more than once a day–remember no yard. There is also all those pesky frozen food boxes and cans of veggies and soda bottles–lots of soda bottles and maybe a couple of water bottles. Oh, and the occasional wine bottle.
Then when shopping there are bags, yes, I do have tote bags for shopping, but sometimes I don’t have one with me when I shop. Shopping is not something I always have planned, sometimes it just happens. And when you come home there are not only bags to carry the stuff home in but the bags the stuff is wrapped in and tags and receipts and sometimes ads and coupons.
As for the cat, she doesn’t have much trash. Just 2 little cat food cans a day–sometimes 3 if she didn’t like what she was given first time. Yes, she is spoiled but remember she is 18! And old cats pee more than young or middle-aged cats so there is a ton of litter to wrap up and throw away every day. Did you know that old cats don’t poop much? Or maybe it is just my old cat. Still there is litter to deal with.
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Today, I think maybe I am just a trashy old woman. Well, not so old but definitely trashful.
PS. trashful, adj, a person with lots of junk that needs to be discarded
PPS. Junk could even be a person’s inner junk, but that’s another post.