Sunday, March 27, 2011
Bathroom waste and water update
One thing that everyone seems to feel about recycling is that what should, and should not be recycled is an extremely confusing question. Throughout this course and our readings we have discussed different types of materials that should be recycled and the picture on the top deals with this issue. Here we see paper towels, a toothpaste tube, and body product containers. My thought when looking at these items were if they were recyclable or not and if so where do I put them? From personal observation I have seen the majority of bathroom products go into the waste bin located within the bathroom regardless of what it is made of. I honestly do not know how I would properly dispose of the containers that hold our shampoo and other soap products. Would they be grouped with plastic bottles? I know these containers have left over soap in them, is that considered a contaminant and would that void them of being recycled? Information that answered these questions would be greatly helpful on increasing our ability to reduce non recycled bathroom waste. The picture on the bottom is the next update on my water consumption tracking. As you can see from each post it grows significantly and produces large quantities of waste. One thing i did think of though was the sustainability that is created if i do decide to recycle. There is a 5 cent return deposit on each bottle, times 30 in the large packs, $1.50 makes up for a significant portion of the cost of the water as well as ensures the bottles are recycled.