|Saffy the cat decides to not move|
|Super cool motion sensor trash can|
GLAD picked me as 1 of 10 bloggers to take part in their One Bag Challenge in attempt to hype up the efforts to reduce landfill waste. The Challenge is to host a party in which I use one bag of trash. I also got counseled by a Waste Management Expert and got sent some cool trash schwag to help throw the party. I already strategized to throw a "Poutine and Pinot" party next week inviting some of my sustainable/waste management specialized MBA classmates from Portland State University. I already calculated the two scraps of plastic that would amount to all the waste for the party. I could throw 50 more of these parties until it fills up one of GLAD's bags.
The challenge for me (and my roommate) is not throwing a waste-reduced party, but instead it's how to minimize our waste for the next month (since our trash is only picked up monthly...yeah, welcome to Portlandia) in order to recycle the gargantuan packaging that was sent to me for this challenge.
This is what was sent:
A kitchen friendly compost bin, some bags and tupperware which came in a fairly small box. Box burned in summer backyard bonfire. Moving right along...
That cool motion sensor trash can seen above, above? Well, this what it came in.
To put things in perspective. Here is my recycling trash can.
Now my challenge is finding out what to do with Styrofoam.
Styrofoam is not allowed in the recycle bin in Portland.
I would have to put the styrofoam in the regular trash bin. Which is even smaller.
It's all very ironic. Although another company manufactured/packaged this trash can and not GLAD - I feel it is still an oversight on GLAD's part in not having performed due diligence on what it was subcontracting out if landfill waste reduction is truly a priority and not just another promotion. Most likely I will have to haul the styrofoam to specialized recycling outfits, pay a fee and have it taken care of.
I asked one my Eco-friends/classmate @CamilleBeGreen who gave me some clever ideas:
1) Styrofoam stamps
2) Styrofoam ghosts for Halloween (which I could later convert to Styro Snowman)
On a lighter note, one of my friends, @themonkeysknow suggested to just add a little gasoline and you could have some napalm. #justsayin #onalistsomewherenow
So this is my challenge: figuring out what to do with all this Styrofoam! Any ideas?