Well actually, that may be a lie. One man’s trash isn’t even really trash. The whole concept of ‘trash’ and ‘waste’ is… well… it’s rubbish!
Today I just have a quick one to put out to you all, because it’s one of those simple concepts that enables deeper understanding and easier decision making. Anyone who’s watched Craig Reucassel’s ‘War On Waste’ will know that this idea isn’t an original of mine. (Anyone who hasn’t watched War On Waste… hop to it here)
The idea is as simple as this…
Most of what we consider to be waste is actually a resource.
So let’s take it back a step. What is a resource?
“a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively.” -Oxford Dictionary
In other words, it is something that allows us and our lives to function effectively. Pretty important right? So why on earth are we dumping all of our resources into landfill?!
Sure… your gym equipment is old and falling apart and half your workout was battling with the equipment, so you come inside to try and find a bottle of water but the cupboard is overflowing with plastic bags and you can never find anything!!!!! Throw it out! THROW IT ALL OUT!!! Punish the world for inconveniencing you! How dare anything else ruin your day?! It’s all too easy in the mayhem and frustrations of every day life to see all the junk in your life as… Junk! Spring cleaning kicks in and you send all the ‘junk’ to landfill.
Even the metal frame of your gym gear that could’ve been recycled and turned into the equipment at your local gym where you just purchased a pricey membership. Even the plastic bags and the plastic water bottle you could have used again or recycled… they could’ve been reincarnated as that chair you got from K-Mart the other day. But no. All in landfill where they sit and do nothing… well not nothing. They break up… into smaller and smaller pieces of the same thing. That right, they don’t breakdown into nutrient rich soils or anything beneficial like that. They basically just fester in a big hole in our Earth and have a toxicity party where all the seabirds are invited to get their daily dose of micro-plastics. You see where this is going.
So while you’re doing your spring cleaning this year, remember…
Everything is a resource. Reusing is the best option. Recycling is the next best. Landfill is a last resort.
Get on your local council website to figure out what you can do with the tricky things like batteries and ‘hard rubbish’. Take photos of the stuff thats still good but you’re sick of and message your friends to see if they want it, or score some cash for it on Gummie. There’s always a better alternative than landfill.