Lately I have been thinking about rubbish; specifically the plastic and foil bits that seem to be wrapped around everything these days. We have no rubbish pick up here. No magic bin that mysteriously empties itself if I leave it by the road on a Tuesday night. We take our rubbish to the dump in the trailer and pay for the privilege of leaving it there (we also pay $150 a year to maintain the local dump on our rates). So I have started to think about ways to reduce our rubbish production.
We buy in bulk where we can and I send refillable containers to the local co-operative to be filled up with washing powder and detergent. Glass, recyclable plastic containers, aluminium and tin cans are taken to a recycling centre periodically. Food scraps, paper and cardboard are used in the chook pen for composting. That only leaves that annoying plastic; plastic wrap, Styrofoam trays, chip packets, chocolate wrappers and plastic bags. We commonly fill about one grain bag (20 litre size) per week of non-recyclable plastic.
I think I have found a solution at last;
Basically they involve stuffing clean plastic rubbish really tightly into PET bottles until they are full and hard, then put the cap back on. I have been making them for about two months now and have managed to produce about two a week. I never thought I would be thankful for my partner’s coca cola habit, but he manages to provide just enough bottles to keep up with the plastic we produce.
|Step one; collect all the clean plastic rubbish you can (wash it if you have to)|
|Step two; using a stick or an old knitting needle, shove the plastic rubbish down into the bottle.
Pack it down tight.
|Keep filling until you can’t jam any more in, then put the cap back on.|
|Stock pile them somewhere and use them to build.|
|Beautiful buildings like this.|
Maybe I will collect enough to build the toilet out of them…….
Is this idea too crazy?? Can I get the local council to approve? What do you think?