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I am taken aback at the amount of garbage I produce - and yet, it's a small amount relatively speaking. When I lived in the UK, I was shocked at how much more garbage most neighbours would produce. We never filled our rubbish wheelie-bin but many houses had more than one and they were full.

An ungodly amount of my waste is superfluous packaging, but there's also a lot of cans and jars, and some food waste (mostly due to the fact that I live in a very small household where we eat at work a lot, and it's difficult to buy small enough amounts of fresh food so it doesn't go bad.

When I was a child glass jars/bottles would be reused by returning them to any grocery store. That system was ended as an "improvement" ("nonreturnable glass" being billed as progress in institutional ad campaigns). At least now cans, glass, cardboard and tetra-brik are recycled (or at least collected separately as if for recycling).

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 13th, 2010 at 11:22:50 AM EST
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