Researching what i could do with my garbage, I found that most sources are granola bloggers who’ve really just taken this opportunity to brag about how they compost on their bicycles, make art from old pop cans and buy nothing. This is my list of helpful tips for real people. I’m not going to sugar coat this or pretend that these solutions are green or fair or even practical. But if you are truly stuck and don’t know what to do with your garbage, hold your breath and consider these tips.
Remi Exclusive Tips:
-Empty your recycling bin into bags and fill it with garbage instead. The raccoons won’t tear into a bag of recycling so you can leave it beside the can with no midnight messes.
-Buy flushable kitty litter. It’s called Feline Fresh and it comes in a purple bag. It’s fine sawdust. I’ve used it 2 years no problems, but its expensive. . .. .You know, unless you plan to put cat shit in your freezer.
-Flush it, that part of the city is still functioning. Last night i flushed some old leftovers away. . . .Flushing food, its funny when you think about it, you’re just cutting out the middle man.
-Pull out the old garbage cans you used to use and fill them too. Don’t worry, they’re going to need to pick up everything when the strike is over. I’m sure they’d rather it be in an old can than on the sidewalk.
-Burn it. Oh man i hope people don’t do that.
-Keep it on the roof, the smell is above you and you won’t have to look at it.
-Call your landlord, they’re not going to want rats on the lawn either, maybe they have a truck.
-Triple bag it and use it like bean bag chairs
-Mix liquidy stuff together in garbage bags with absorbent stuff. So it doesn’t leak everywhere while it rots on your porch.
Good Green Solutions:
-Compost it! Its summer, it’ll cook up good.- doesn’t work on cans and plastic (unless you can wait centuries)
-Use lots of re-usable containers instead of the disposable types stores give out. Tupperwear, cloth shopping bags, water bottles, coffee mugs can all supplement the usual throwaways.
-Avoid heavy garbage producing purchases: take out, over packaged electronics, individually wrapped food. . . .also buy in bulk if you can.
-Freeze greenbin bound leftovers so they don’t rot and stink.
-Take it to the city park/dumps. You already know this.
-Google or Craigslist. Many people are doing private pickups for $5 a bag. You probably already know this.
-Take it to a real dump- great if you’ve got a car which i don’t.
-Feed it to your cat. I guess most of you don’t have a 30lb cat like i do. The big guy could rip through a metal pipe if it had a cream filling.
-If you’re going to dump it illegally somewhere, which many of you will. Don’t be a dummy and leave mail or something with your name on it in the bag.
-Dump it in the parking lot of the mall or store where you buy things.
The last one’s my favourite. Listen. We should not be paying for waste removal, it should not be the public’s burden. Corporations keep selling us crap that’s over packaged and designed to break. Try and buy a lasting dvd player or cell phone, how about a light bulb? Toothpaste comes in a tube in a box, cereal comes in a small bag in a huge box, milk comes in a bag in a bag; they make it big and flashy so you think you’re getting a deal and they make it shitty so you’re forced to buy a replacement soon. The more stuff you throw out, the more you’ve purchased and consumed. Its profitable for corporations to sell you wasteful goods. All this unnecessary corporate waste is very expensive for the taxpayer to clean up. Look at the tension the cost of waste removal is causing; the city is descending into chaos again trying to maintain its basic services. If corporations needed to pay for their planned waste, they’d need to rethink their strategies and start designing quality products instead. I”m quite serious about dumping it in their parking lots, we should be doing this even when there is no strike.
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