Recycling Bin Challenge 2019 – January Update

The purpose of the recycling bin challenge is to reduce the number of items in my recycling bin without creating new waste. I used to fill one 65-Gallon recycling cart to the top on a weekly basis before I started my journey to reduce the waste we consume. This means we consumed close to 3,380 gallons of “recyclables” containers and single-use consumables each year.  So far the best we have done is one full bin within three weeks. The goal is to pull the 65-gallon bin to the curb only once a month instead of once every week.

If you know of a practical replacement for the items I am putting on my bin, please feel free to comment it below. Here is a break down of the waste we outsourced for the city to sort.

First 25 Days

We consumed 299 “recyclable” items in 25 days, and this filled our recycling bin. Which placed us short of our goal by 6 days. However, I am hopeful because we can now do a few modifications to our consumption and this should give us better numbers by the next 4 weeks.


Week 1 / Total Items: 22

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Paper / Cardboard

  • (1) 2018 Calendar
  • (1) Paper Bag
  • (2) Cloth Tags
  • (1) Paper Envelope (Minus the plastic see-thru portion)
  • (1) Coupon Magazine
  • (1) Mailer
  • (1) Light bulb replacement cardboard

Plastic

  • (2) Water Bottles
  • (2) Medicine Bottles
  • (1) Mouth Wash Bottle
  • (1) Baby Formula Container
  • (1) Baby Formula Spoon
  • (1) Light bulb replacement plastic cover
  • (1) Plastic Cup
  • (2) Plastic Lids
  • (3) Cold Medicine Pill’s plastic cover

Metals (None)

Glass (None)

By the end of week 1, our recycling bin was roughly 10% full.


Week 2 / Total Items: 87

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We did not behave in week 2 as good as we did on week 1.

Paper / Cardboard

  • (1) Shoe Box
  • (1) Paper Bag
  • (3) Paper Envelop (Minus the plastic see-thru portion)
  • (10) Business Cards
  • (3) Magazines
  • (3) Soliciting Flyers
  • (3) Mailers
  • (1) Christmas Card
  • (1) Christmas Card Envelope
  • (6) Scratch paper
  • (6) Clothing Tags
  • (1) Cardboard for a toy
  • (1) Carton of Milk
  • (1) Egg Carton (This one will actually be taken to a Publix’s egg carton bin)
  • (1) Toilet Paper Roll
  • (1) Paper Towel Roll
  • (1) Toy Box
  • (1) Lens Box
  • (1) Cardboard for Manual Juicer
  • (1) Box for watch

Plastic

  • (1) Baby Formula Container
  • (1) Baby Formula Container Cap
  • (2) Baby Formula Spoon
  • (1) Yogurt Container
  • (1) Medicine Bottle
  • (1) Medicine Bottle Cap
  • (1) Toothpaste Bottle
  • (4) Water Bottles
  • (3) Water Bottle Caps
  • (1) Slide Turkey Container
  • (1) Milk Carton cap
  • (2) Milk Carton Secondary seal cap
  • (1) Snack container
  • (1) Hair Product Bottle
  • (1) Orange Juice Bottle
  • (1) Orange Juice Bottlecap
  • (1) Cleaning product container
  • (6) Sauce sample containers
  • (6) Sauce sample container caps
  • (2) Toy Securing thingy majiggy

Metals

  • (1) Powder milk container

Glass

  • (1) Wine Bottle
  • (1) Hard Cider bottle

By the end of week 2, our recycling bin was roughly 33% full.


Week 3 / Total Items: 78

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Paper / Cardboard

  • (1) Promotional Paper Bag
  • (3) Small boxes
  • (1) Medium box
  • (1) Milk Carton
  • (38) Pieces of Cardboard
  • (1) Installation Manual
  • (1) Show Paper Filler
  • (1) Crayon Box

Plastic

  • (1) Spinach container
  • (1) Strawberry container
  • (2) Blueberry container
  • (1) Water bottle
  • (2) Water bottle cap
  • (1) Medicine cup
  • (1) Pain reliever bottle
  • (3) Removable hook containers
  • (1) Baby formula Container
  • (2) Formula spoons
  • (1) Scent bottle
  • (4) Scent bottle caps
  • (1) Soy sauce bottle
  • (1) Soy sauce bottle cap
  • (1) Powder milk container cap

Metals

  • (1) Powder milk container
  • (3) Beer bottle caps

Glass

  • (3) Beer bottles

By the end of week 3, our recycling bin was roughly 75% full.


Week 4 / Total Items: 112

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This week we had more items than we normally average because we had an event in our house and I did not plan for it properly, as far as reducing my waste.

Paper / Cardboard

  • (2) Bread paper bags
  • (1) Toy Box
  • (2) Cake Boxes
  • (1) Box of Cookies
  • (2) Makeup boxes
  • (1) Light House made of cardboard
  • (2) Milk Carton
  • (2) Lightbulb boxes
  • (3) Picture Folders
  • (1) Coupon Magazine
  • (6) Mailers /flyers
  • (9) pieces of cardboard

Plastic

  • (3) Soda bottles
  • (3) Soda bottle caps
  • (5) Water & energy drinks bottles
  • (4) water bottle caps
  • (15) Tiny water bottles
  • (13) Tiny water bottle caps
  • (2) Milk Carton Caps
  • (1) Coffee container
  • (1) Coffee Container cap
  • (1) Deodorant container
  • (1) Egg tray
  • (3) Toy Casing
  • (1) Sock Hanger
  • (1) Coffee Cup
  • (1) Baby formula container
  • (1) Baby formula container spoon
  • (1) Baby snack container
  • (1) Baby snack container cap
  • (2) Pastries Container
  • (1) Miscellaneous Plastic Item

Metal

  • (5) Bottle Caps
  • (1) Tostitos Sauce Cap

Glass

  • (1) Tostitos Sauce Container
  • (6) Beer bottles
  • (4) Hard cider bottles
  • (1) Rum bottle
  • (1) Malta bottle

By the end of week 4, our recycling bin was a 100% full, time to pull it to the curb.

2 thoughts on “Recycling Bin Challenge 2019 – January Update

    1. Thank you, we are not personally impressed, we expected this number to be lower, but now that we have an actual starting number and a list of the items we had over the first 25 days, we know what we can modify to improve this number.

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