Sub-challenge for Week #1
6/12/2005 12:35:00 AM | Author: baloghblog
Update: Liz Logan has proof she completed the first challenge!

How many bloggers does it take to change a lightbulb?
and Romehater also got in on the action: I put a CFL in the laundry room when I found I could make up the cost of the bulb in 2 months. No pictures, though. No digital camera.

I have received good feedback from visitors to the site and from my friends and family. Many of them have let me know that they have already begun to incorporate CFL bulbs into their home lighting. Some have stated that they will start to consider their use for more of the lighting in their home.

I am still waiting for someone to let me know that they've put in their first bulb, if your out there let me know if you do.

Since there is still a bunch of time remaining in the week, here is a "sub-challenge" for you:

#1(a): GARBAGE

read and post your local recycling rules (printable here) near your garbage. Recycle every single thing that you can on the list. Do NOT be lazy, do NOT throw out the soup can because you don't want to rinse it, do NOT pass go. Check what cannot be recycled, and then store any item that has a possible re-use. Think future storage containers for food. Save yogurt cups, margarine tubs, and egg cartons, and donate to your local school's elementary art department for projects. Check locally for ways to recycle the "non-recyclable" items on the list. If you are suburban or rural, start a compost for any non-meat, non-oily organic material. [for Ianqui, and composting in NYC: click here, here, or here)

from Full Account Cost of Garbage:
Municipalities try to reduce these costs of garbage. Reducing the amount of garbage flowing into the dump is fundamental to reducing costs. If taxpayers do not remove organic waste, such as food wastes and garden clippings, and compost or bury them, then these organic wastes increase the garbage flowing into the dump by 30% to 50%. If the organic wastes are removed, up to 30% of the remaining garbage still does not need to go into the dump. It can be recycled to recover the useful resources in it.
From Keep America Beautiful:
This is the make up of our garbage:

Paper/paperboard 35.7%
Yard Trimmings 12.2%
Food 11.4%
Plastics 11.1%
Metals 7.9%
Rubber, Latex, Textiles 7.1%
Wood 5.7%
Glass 5.5%
Other 3.4%
You can see the amount of Paper/Paperboard that is 1/3 of all garbage. In our house, the paper recycling portion is nearly 50% of what is brought to the curb. Recycle that paper! Shred it if you have to, but get that junk mail out of the garbage.

How does GARBAGE go hand in hand with peak oil? Think of all of the diesel fuel that is burned to transport your waste to the local landfill. In the case of major metro areas, garbage is sometimes shipped out of state, such as in NYC. All of that oil used up to take your dirty paper towels hundreds of miles away. Also, recycling materials and donating used items to charity, means that additional materials will not have to be produced.

Recycling is key in sustainability. Take this week to reflect on the garbage that you produce, that goes out onto the curb each week. As far as I can tell, garbage should contain only non-recyclable items that are damaged beyond repair, fatty and meat wastes and packaging, minimal to no amounts of paper products, minimal plastics, and those blown lightbulbs that you replaced with compact fluorescent bulbs! Good luck, and remember, no cheating!
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On 7:19 PM , RomeHater said...

I put a CFL in the laundry room when I found I could make up the cost of the bulb in 2 months. No pictures, though. No digital camera.

On 11:17 PM , Ianqui said...

Yeah, and unfortunately, Bloomberg wanted to do something about that garbage transport, but the plan was just killed. Until a couple of days ago, there was a proposal to start shipping trash on barges instead of trucking it to dump sites, and it got killed by Gifford Miller who wanted to protect his fancy Upper East Side neighborhood. I'm not going to present both sides of the argument here, but there's an NYT article for anyone interested.

On 7:20 PM , Liz Logan said...

Okay I put in my bulb and documented it in my blog! Now on to the recycling question. We have to transport it ourselves so aren't consitent.

On 12:39 AM , baloghblog said...

just think: reduce, reuse, recycle

On 12:22 PM , Ianqui said...

Even better! The Union Square Greenmarket has a stand with someone who will collect your food waste for composting. I noticed it yesterday. We'll probably implement it over the summer.

And, we bought our first fluorescent bulb today, but since it's still daytime, I'll take a pic of it tonight. We bought the wrong color though--it's daytime cool instead of warm fluorescent. So I think we'll move it to a bathroom and buy warm bulbs for the other rooms.

BTW--we found that websites (even have CFL bulbs for a lot cheaper than stores (at least the store we went to).

On 9:37 AM , Engineer-Poet said...

Living room:  Two circlites.  Have been CF for years.

Bedroom:  One 3-way circlite in bedside lamp.  Hardly use the overhead.  Been this way for years.

Computer room:  CF in desk lamp, is main source of light at night.  Don't use the overhead due to glare.  Been this way for a couple of years.

Bathroom:  Two original globe bulbs, 2 twisted-tube CF's.  This is the third configuration and is working well for light output and color balance, been this way for about a year.  I could switch one more bulb but I need one incandescent to have light immediately when the switch is thrown.

What else can I do?  I already take the plastic soap jugs out of laundry trash and stick them in the proper recycle bin.

If we get something like Changing World Tech's thermal depolymerization process going for municipal waste, all the stuff you throw out could become fuel.  I rather like that idea.