Recycling organised

Waste. It’s one of the not-so-pretty things that come with our modern lifestyle. Of course we can try to minimise the waste we create, and as an aspiring minimalist, I’m certainly trying, but let’s be honest here. When you’re decluttering, you have more waste than you’d otherwise have. And when you’ve been living with a hoarder for twenty-plus years, well you can imagine. Or hopefully you can’t.

Anyway, I have to get rid of a lot of waste, and that’s not going to get better anytime soon I’m afraid, as I definitely haven’t reached my goal yet.

What we can do, however, is separate our waste and recycle as much as possible – and I do so religiously. And, seeing that I hate clutter, I’ve come up with ways to organise my recycling, so it doesn’t look too yukkie.

Paper goes in a plastic Ikea storage box, tucked neatly away in a snall storage cabinet.

In the kitchen I have a small wastebasket (with lid, of course) for organic waste sitting on the counter. It gets emptied into our green wheelie bin several times a day.

Another Ikea storage box holds glass jars and bottles that need to be recycled. We take it to the glass recycling about once or twice a month.

We collect our recyclable plastic waste in a cheapo wastepaper basket that’s an absolute eyesore in front of our upright piano. I really need to find a better solution to that problem.

Waste that cannot be recycled goes in the wastepaper basket behind a chair, neatly out of sight. It doesn’t need emptying very often, since most of our waste gets recycled these days.

Used batteries, expired medicines, low energy light bulbs, printer cartridges, and used water filters go in small containers in one of the compartments of our shoe cabinet.

Glass bottles that carry a deposit go in another shoe cabinet compartment, ready for our delivery guy to pick them up when he delivers our groceries once a week.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how I’ve organised the recycling in our household. Now to find the perfect solution to the plastic recycling. I know I’ll come up with something.


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2 Responses to Recycling organised

  1. Leah says:

    Thanks Susan. I hope you'll find a way to better deal with waste that fits you and your lifestyle.
    I love the deposit refund scheme. This way, the bottles get reused, which is even better than recycling.


  2. Susan says:

    Wow! What a good job you have done with all of that. I wish I could say I was just as organised but it would be an outright lie, but you have inspired me to put some thought into the whole question of waste. I was pleased to hear you have bottles that attract a deposit refund when recycled. Do you know that here in South Australia we have that scheme but as far as I am aware, no other state in Australia has it! I think it is very odd as since we both retired and started living on a pension, every cent counts and it's surprising how much money comes back to us when we recycle cans and bottles.


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