Decluttering without landfill
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For day 44 of our carbon fast it’s all about decluttering!
The advice reads “Give away unwanted and unused possessions to a local second hand store or organization. This is a great way to reuse things and stop them from going into a landfill.”
Well here’s a subject that is close to my heart.
I’ve been decluttering since the beginning of the year and I don’t mind admitting it’s been challenging at times.
Not the decluttering per se but the amount of time it takes me to sort things into recycle / donate / toss piles.
You see I’m on a ‘zero waste to landfill’ mission so this means I can’t just fling things into a black plastic bag and thrown them in the bin – I have no bin! Oh how I yearn for a skip on the drive at times, I don’t mind admitting!
My zero waste existence means I’ve had to rehome old cds, film negatives and clothes that are beyond reasonable use WITHOUT flinging them into a hole in the earth.
I’ve used Freecycle, eBay, local charity shops and friends have had early Birthday presents! I’ve become bang up to date with what can and can’t be recycled in our local household recycling centre.
Minimoist covered this very topic in this year’s Earth Day carnival with her post “Earth friendly minimalism” where she covers countless ideas for donating your ‘trash’ for the benefit of others.
But thinking about it and I know I complain a bit from time to time, but really, it’s not that hard. Time consuming, yes, but hard? No.
But I think Mother nature deserves a bit of time and effort from us, don’t you?
What about you – what are your favourite ways for getting rid of things you no longer want?
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