One of the biggest issues I deal with on a daily basis in my day job is domestic waste management. I’ll admit sometimes it can be incredibly frustrating that people are just not getting the message about the 5 Rs… Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Redistribute.
I will be quick to mention that waste management in my household is not perfect. However I think we do a pretty good job with a household of six. The little ones are still getting use to separating the waste but it is a work in progress.
For those that don’t know about our kerbside waste service we have a 120Lt general waste bin, a 240Lt recycling bin and a 240Lt organics bin through NAWMA (Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority). I am amazed by the amount of people who tell me this is not enough. Personally I would be lucky to fill up my general waste bin on a weekly basis. Whereas my other two fortnightly bins (recycling and organics) are usually bursting at the brim to be emptied every fortnight. However before I look to purchase another recycling or organics bin (an option that is available to us) I really need to look at ways I can reduce or find alternative ways to recycle.
Cans and bottles, clothes and food scraps are most probably the easiest things I can dispose of without having to place in the kerbside waste. Cans and bottles we collect and cash in, clothes we donate and foodscraps quite often get placed in our worm farm.
At the moment we have a couple of tables and a matress to get rid of but I have taken advantage of a “free” (it is paid for within rates) hard waste service that our local council offer. This offer allows us to until the end of the year to get rid of one 6×4 trailer at the local transfer station.
I guess some of the things that I or we could improve upon in the household is recycling soft plastics. I guess I’ve been a little slack in implementing that “rule” into the house and making it happen. I do hope the other supermarket chains pick it up as I tend not to shop at the big multi-nationals (for ethical reasons).
Domestic waste management does require discipline. Even for the people who live, work and breathe sustainability. However if a household of six can manage with the bins that the local council give us and the programs that are available for recycling on top of that I’m sure that most can. Do a little research on your local council’s website, “google” recycling for your area, you will be surprised with what’s out there.
Hotdogs on the menu, roasted marshmallows, good tunes, a few cheeky ports and wonderful company. Even Diesel agrees.
Quite a while ago I was going to write a paper on a topic to do with town planning. I am passionate about town planning as I am a town planner by trade. While my current profession as a Sustainability Officer keeps my finger on the pulse to some extent, I do miss it. So I thought with this blog entry I might share this discussion with you. This is a condensed version but I might find myself writing that paper for a journal yet.
Came across this today on the ABC News website today. Very impressed and I hope they do well here in Australia.
Had a big clean up this weekend. The weather was just perfect for getting out in the garden and getting a few household chores done.
With the lawns mowed I decided to sort the cans and bottles and take them down to the recycling centre. Made myself $47 to go spend down at the hardware/garden centre. Needed some supplies to pot some plants up (including the lemon tree which Diesel liked).
While I was down at the hardware/garden centre I took advantage of the light globe recycling. ZeroWaste SA state that this program “…ensures that globes will be recycled instead of going to landfill and prevents mercury contained in some globes from harming the environment”.
So while I was in the recycling mood I dropped off a few bags of clothing to the Lifeline bin. Of course I put aside a couple of t-shirts to make myself a few more t-shirt bags.
Recycling and reusing was really the theme for the weekend. I had realised how much I do recycle and reuse. My yellow recycling bin is almost full for the fortnight (lucky it gets collected on Wednesday). The green organic bin is also just about full. Unfortunately for that bin I’ll have to wait another week. Oh well perhaps I can take it easy on the weeding for the next week. However I’m sure I will find plenty to do.
Books that may be of interest to keen recyclers and reusers…
Oh yes! My special pup Diesel. What can I say? The temptation of a freshly potted lemon tree with the luscious taste and smell of cow manure was just too much. Lucky for Diesel the damage was superficial but I think I will be getting the chicken wire out tomorrow.
Chicken wire my saviour in the veggie patch!!!
- At It Again…. (arbplanconsultants.wordpress.com)
This year’s theme is “Think. Eat. Save”.
Food security is an issue that affects us all. Do you know where your food comes from? Do you support local growers and producers? Questions that perhaps we should all reflect on.
Sorry to my followers and readers for disappearing for a short time. My best friend finally had her baby and with that I have been wrapped up with all the excitement of being an “Aunty”. My little “niece”, Matilda Jane, is absolutely beautiful. Not exactly petite, weighing in at 9lbs 5oz (not bad being 2-3 weeks early), but ever so cuddly.
So this brings me to the subject of knitting. My best friend has asked me to knit Matilda something. At least that narrows what I’m going to knit…not. I have a couple of books that have somewhat inspired me and have come across a great website called Ravelry.
Ravelry has some awesome free patterns and forums. You will never be short of inspiration! Another good resource for knitters is You Tube. I do not by any means profess to be an expert knitter (in fact far from it) but You Tube has provided me with some tutorials that have helped me along. I am also part of a knitting group at work (many fellow workers refer to us in tongue and cheek as the Stitch and Bitch group) and we have a lovely lady who takes her time to mentor us novice knitters.
Knitting is one of those “old world” crafts that tends to be forgotten about due to the convenience of being able to go to various shops to by cheap and often poorly made jumpers, beanies even teddies. However I remember my Mum knitting when I was a child and I loved the jumpers that she use to knit me. Plus there is the giving of something that you have created yourself.
At the moment I’m in the process of finishing a project from last year. A scarf (pictured below) for my step-daughter. I’m determined to finish this before I start anything else. The bright side is at least there is no way she can grow out of a scarf.
In my pursuit of becoming more sustainable I have discovered where to get cheap knitting needles. On the Op Shop tour I went on late last month I found where all the old knitting needle go to find new homes. You will find them hiding out in a dark corner.
I have also found some great eco-friendly yarns that I am interested in trying out… 10 Eco-Friendly Yarns You’ll Love. I’m quite intrigued by SeaSilk Yarn. This is a yarn that is 70% silk and 30% sea cell (a fibre derived from seaweed).
I will keep you updated with my knitting adventures.
Her are some books that may also inspire…
Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’
– Robert Byrne