I try to take a pause prior to putting anything into the trash. (I choose to consider this as a positive and earth-friendly practice and not a hoarding practice:).
I find I can recycle, compost, re-use, upcycle or give away most things.
I shred paper for (my future) chicken coop bedding.
Egg shells are a whole topic in themselves (I’ll blog about them).
Grease and pan scrapings are added to the rice and beans I pressure-cook for dogfood.
Plastic containers for early spring seedling terrariums.
Toilet paper and paper towel dispensers for starting seeds.
All containers and plastic bags that come with store-purchased food are cleaned and re-used for leftovers and on-the-go snacks and meals. (Masking tape and a sharpie are handy for labeling these as it can become difficult to know what’s in those bags in the refrigerator).
I will also take these bags to the bulk aisle and re-fill them instead of getting new ones (same for coffee).
LEFTOVERS: I will post on the fridge a list of what food is in the fridge, in order of preparation. This cuts down (virtually eliminates) food that goes to the trash. Another trick is separating leftovers into meal-size containers for easy-reheating and eating. If I make a large amount of food, I’ll automatically freeze half after preparing and sometimes split the amount I freeze in meal-size portions.
I always feel that there’s more I can do….. just haven’t figured it out yet but find it helps to keep thinking.