|Cereal bags are not recyclable.|
Photo Credit: John Koetsler
While we aspire to being a zero-waste household, the reality is that some of our food still comes in packaging. A loaf of bread or my favorite black bean burgers, as examples.
Clean bread bags and many other kinds of plastic bags are recyclable in Edmonton's system, but some food packaging is difficult to recycle. Chip bags and cereal or cracker box liners, for example, go in the garbage. It’s a fate that is unavoidable, but we try to postpone it for a while.
|Cats care about the environment too!|
That's where all the birds live...
It's not a big thing, but it gives the bags a second use and more importantly, it prevents us from having to use additional new, clean bags to dispose of our Kitty’s unmentionables.
I have had people complain to me that a plastic bag ban wouldn’t be good because they need them to dispose of their pets' business. I would be interested to hear other peoples’ ideas for disposing of their pet waste in an environmentally-friendly manner (that conforms with City bylaws!), without using so many bags!
---Melissa is a graduate of the 2014 Master Composter Recycler course. She is an environmental lawyer with a national not-for-profit organization. She is particularly passionate about educating people about waste reduction. In her spare time she enjoys weight training, hiking and cooking.