Waste-less: Recycling Wrap Up

Recycling printable over recycling bin


We made it to the end of the recycling month! How did it go for your family?

I did not get the chance to put my printables in a pretty frame. Maybe when our renovation is done I’ll figure out a prettier way of doing this, but for now it was functional!

My month consisted of two recurring actions:

  • Standing between our trash and recycling bins wondering what to do with the strange piece of waste in my hand.
  • And googling to find out the answer.


Non-recyclable logos
This symbol was the bane of my existence this month

Occasionally I also had the joy of digging through the trash when I eyed something recyclable that SOMEONE threw in the trash. I won’t name names. You know who you are.

I learned a few lessons through the month too. As good as Oreos are, those packages? Not recyclable. Those bubble wrap mailer envelopes Amazon likes to send me goodies in? Also not recyclable. Dang it.

Some companies really need to step up their packaging to make it a little more environmentally friendly! Then I’ll have one more excuse to eat an entire package of Oreos in one sitting.

One bag of trash, two bags of recycling

So how do you feel about how you did? For the month, we had 2 bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling. I’m pretty proud of that ratio, but I’d like to do better.

I did however learn some valuable lessons about our waste habits by keeping a closer eye on what went in each bin. The two things we threw away the most of were disposable diapers and leftover boxes.

Bag of trash with Reese's wrapper on the top

Oh, and candy wrappers. But you’re not taking those away from me!

We already cut majorly back on our diaper waste by cloth diapering during the day, so I’m leaving that one alone for now. As far as the leftover boxes, we’ll be dealing with that next months topic: Going out.

One month down, eleven to go. Make sure to subscribe to see what challenges we’re going to tackle in the months to come!


What were your biggest struggles this month?


This post is part of a series on our Waste-less adventure.

If you’d like to read more or start from the beginning, here is the rest of the series:


7 Surprising Things You Can Recycle

Recycling Wrap Up

Going Out!

Going Out Wrap Up

Ditch the Junk

Ditch the Junk Wrap Up

Also head on over to our Facebook group to interact with other people who are joining us on this journey!

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Waste-less: Recycling Wrap Up

2 thoughts on “Waste-less: Recycling Wrap Up

  • January 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I know we have more people in our household, but wow, 2 trash bags in a month? That’s great! We’re lucky if we only have 2 bags per week! Still trying, though.

    • January 26, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Every bit counts, the important thing is you’re working towards less! As the year goes on I’ll have more tips for reducing the trash and recycling amounts by going reusable in ways that are easy and cheap to implement.


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