Week 12 – Quarterly Report

Being a quarter of the way through our challenge we decided that it was time to take stock of the items that are either in our rubbish bag, or are pending inclusion unless other uses can be found for them. Despite our desperate denial of the symptoms, the bathroom lightbulb finally blew this week after a number of days of flickering. We also discovered that a florist had used some green plastic tape in a bouquet of flowers we were given in January. The full inventory of items are;

  1. half a supermarket bag of paint chips from scraping and sanding our weatherboard house in preparation for painting,
  2. approximately 50 cigarette butts found on the property after having it rented out to tenants,
  3. a broken plastic peg,
  4. plastic tags that are used to hold labels to new clothing,
  5. an universal car petrol cap which was rejected at a recent WoF test,
  6. plastic wrapping from around a wine bottle lid,
  7. tape used by a florist in a bunch of flowers given to us,
  8. a blown light bulb.

We made a conscious decision at the start of our challenge to not put off doing things till the end of the year to avoid creating waste. Instead, we felt the challenge would have longer lasting effects on our generation of waste if we were to continue with projects but try to find sustainable, alternative solutions and generally this has gone well. The paint chips are an example of this not going well, there didn’t seem any way around painting the house without scraping and sanding the flaking paint unfortunately. Because the old paint being taken off the house has lead in it we need to be quite careful about disposal and understand that the landfill is the best place for it. However, if anyone has suggestions for alternative uses of the other items we’d love to hear from you and if you can make use of an universal petrol cap its yours – we’ll even send it to you package free!