Amy and Adam in Dallas, Oregon decided to go completely waste-free for a year. This summer they began a pledge to produce zero garbage for a year as an example of how small changes in our behavior can create large scale change if many of us act. They estimate they’ll keep one and a half tons out of the landfill this year. Multiply that by whole communities and the numbers add up quickly.
Here are a few of the things they’re doing to eliminate their garbage:
- Avoid non-recyclable items
- Recycle everything possible
- Reusable bags for shopping
- Start compost bin in backyard
- Use only recyclable batteries
- Grow their own produce
- Make items such as bread, cheese, butter, granola and soap
- Shop locally at the butcher, dairy and direct from farmers
- Donate reusable items to thrift stores
A few things are trickier to recycle such as medical waste, cat litter and toothpaste tubes which they address. Originally spotted the couple’s story on TerraPass.com and you can check out Amy and Adam’s blog Green Garbage Project and watch their progress. They also have a valuable Tips and Tricks section.