weighing waste and tracking it in a spreadsheet
We buy and throw out too much stuff. The climate damage done in the course of consuming goods is mostly up front – manufacturing and shipping account for the bulk of greenhouse gases associated with most things we buy. Waste disposal is mostly just a matter of bad choices. Still, I try to be cognizant of what we’re throwing out, and where it’s going. I weigh our household waste before it goes in the backyard composter, municipal green bin, blue or black bins or destined for the landfill. The numbers below are updated as I punch those numbers into a Google sheet. A third of our waste by weight is compostable in the backyard, and one-quarter of it compostable by the city.