Corum and I decided we would experiment and see if we can dispose of all of our own rubbish without having any left out for the bin men.
We must bury, burn, shred or recycle everything. One week into the experiment and I am feeling quite despondent.
We already have a large box of plastic which we must burn at the weekend - this is from cereal packets, rice, pasta, bean bags etc none of which come in paper.
The local council does not recycle cardboard so we must burn that also.
All our veg is sourced locally at the farm shop so no rubbish there.
Cat litter tray contents - buried in the "shit pit".
All paper + receipts etc made into bricks for the wood burning stove with the brick maker.
Left over food in the compost bin.
So far the plastic is the main problem - we are swimming in it because every tiny thing we buy is wrapped in tons of it, pitta bread, hummus, rice - we have no weigh it and buy shops that are any good here.
We also cannot recycle or burn any of the lids that come on jars and tins, the recycling people refuse to take them.
We are tempted to bin anything we can't destroy ourselves or recycle on the council offices doorstep in the dead of night
This challenge is tougher than we thought - is it more environmentally friendly to burn our own plastic with resulting toxic fumes or send to land fill?
We have not found a way to ban plastic as even if we make all our food from scratch the ingredients are all wrapped in it
Any ideas welcome!