This is what I’d like to know. “How” do you throw things away? Do you recycle or do you throw all your trash in the same container and let the garbage man just haul it all away?
When we first moved out to the country 15 years ago, we didn’t have recycling so I had no other choice than to throw it all away. Now I have recycling in a little town near me so even though we have to go there, I can still do that. We cut our garbage down to pretty much two bags a week and those little ones from the desk and the one in the bathroom. I recycle everything I can. Glass, cans, paper.
Here is what I’m getting at. Thanks for being patient. When we were growing up, back in the day before recycling, my dad had us separate our garbage. We threw the “food” garbage in the trash under the sink. We had an attached garage and there were two cans out there. One for cans and one for boxes and paper items. We had to fold the boxes. Or break them down so they were flat. I still do that. Do you?
I don’t have an attached garage nor do I have a lot of room to store this kind of thing so any box I have, I fold it up. Did you know you can make a potato chip box the size of an envelope? Not as thin but you can make it that small. Then I put all those folded up boxes in a box. Now my husband ON THE OTHER hand will take a 12 pack box and just set it in the bigger box I’m using. Why doesn’t he just take the 5 seconds to break down that box? By not doing that, it takes up the whole box that otherwise I could use all week for hundreds of papers and other boxes. I get so frustrated.
I mean, it’s a small thing for me to have to do but still. If we would have put a big box in the “box” can without breaking it down, we would get taken out there and been asked why we took up all that room when by making it smaller, you could get more in. Who wants a lecture from dad? We just did it.
I mean look at it, a cereal box or 12 pack box or rice or anything that comes in a box, and most things do, take up a lot of room so why wouldn’t you make it as small as you could? Does anyone like to take the garbage out? If you look at the size of your kitchen garbage and you take a cereal box or any of the types of boxes I’ve mentioned and put them in there whole, doesn’t it take up half the container? Take a gallon milk jug for example, do you get as much air out of it as you can or do you just toss it in the garbage like that? I practically flatten mine out completely even though I take them recycling. I still have to store them somewhere until I take them in.
So I’m wondering, do you flatten out your boxes or am I alone? I know I’m not alone because my dad reads here and I KNOW I got this from him. My brother does this too, but to me, it just makes sense.