Like a big ship turning

New in my garbage: Cracker bag, cereal bag, coffee bag, raisin bag. I was talking with my dad who lives in Beaconsfield, QC, yesterday and these kinds of bags, and styrofoam trays, are recyclable in Beaconsfield. It strikes me that my garbage here in Ottawa destined for the landfill could be close to zero if I could recycle these bags and trays and if I could compost here in this condo building. Of course we know that things that are recyclable don’t always end up being recycled, but technically speaking, if there was the ability to put these things into the recycle bin and compost then my garbage would be near zero.

So what do I do about the recurring cracker, cereal, coffee and raisin bags? Find some of these things at a bulk store and use my own containers; not buy some of them at all; or make some of them myself.

I laugh at myself as I think this zero waste project through: even as I examine my garbage and acknowledge that I need to change my behavior my brain initially resists change and feels resentful that it has to give up convenience. “What, I can’t eat crackers because it has plastic packaging? Am I not supposed to eat cold cereal either? What will I keep in my bike bag for emergencies if not granola bars or crackers? It’s not fair! I don’t want to give up these things!” Well, yeah, maybe I shouldn’t eat things with such packaging, and it is not the end of the world. There are lots of other things to eat for breakfast besides convenient cereal. In fact, whoever said that breakfast had to be cereal? That was an enduring marketing strategy by big greedy cereal companies. I shake my head at myself. Change can be like a great big ship trying to turn around.