Trash, Looking at It with A Different Prospective

trashEvery now and then, I am asked what you do with your trash after a major disruption.  This last trash day, I was looking at the huge amount of trash that just our street generates and it got me to thinking.  So I starting looking and evaluating what’s thrown out compared to what people did in past years.

The truth is we have become a throwaway society, nothing is made to last.  Even thing like garden tools are replaced every few years with the latest new fad tool.  My father who is almost 93 is still using the same tools that he purchased 40 or 50 years ago and many of them were used at that time.  He does one thing that people today, no longer do.  He values his tools and takes care of them.

Today many people consider everything too replaceable.  The old ethics of working hard and saving your money is no longer valued.  I see the waste all over, for example, tools left out in the weather.  If we did that when we were children, we got our backside warmed.  You soon learnt.

Even food, if a piece of fruit or vegetable has a bad spot, you throw it out.  In the past, we would cut out the bad spot and save the rest.  Leftover food is no longer saved it is just thrown away.  Some authorizes estimate that 1/3 of the food produced in the US ends up in the garbage.  The same thing with old clothes, just go to a thrift store and look at the barely worn clothing that is for sale very inexpensively.

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Roof shingled with tin cans.

Now back to what to do with your trash in an emergency situation.  I think the solution for will be to save and reuse it.  Organic garbage will become fertilizer, the same thing with human waste.  Things like tin cans with be repurposed, I have seen roofs that were shingle with flatten tin cans..  Paper waste will be used to start fires.  Don’t worry about where to hide your trash, figure out how to reuse it. Clothes will be used and repaired until they are just rags.

Taking care of your stuff and actually wear them out. It will save you a surprising amount of money, you can put to better purposes.

Howard

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2 Responses to Trash, Looking at It with A Different Prospective

  1. Ed Harris says:

    Most Americans would be shocked to see how the poor in developing countries make their living picking through trash and garbage dumps in places like Mexico City, Manila, or Port Au Prince. Not only to they find items to reuse or sell, but they construct their hovels from salvaged building materials, fuel their cooking fires with burning trash and feed their families with the leftovers thrown away by market vendors, grocery stores, bars and restaurants.

    The urban poor and homeless in the US do the same thing. I don’t know about now, but a just few years ago when I worked in Pub lic Works I could take you to places between US Rt. 1 and I-95 within 20 miles of our Nation’s Capitol where the homeless and down on their luck lived in group camps that resemble something out of the Grapes of Wrath. Most major cities have such places hidden away that people and politicians would prefer not to see or ignore.

  2. John says:

    You raise a lot of great points in this post. It’s a shame that many items are viewed as more disposable these days, even though you can still get many, many uses out of most products. Hopefully, with focus on environmentally-friendly lifestyles growing, people will be more conscious of the time they can get out of their possessions. Thanks for sharing.

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