What I do with it all

Sometimes I'm asked what I do with all of the plastic I collect.  I make a plastic Matryoshka Brick out of it. I'll demonstrate below with the plastic trash from my own home: 

Our new banking checks arrived in these

Our new banking checks arrived in these

Plastic Cheese Wrappers

Plastic Cheese Wrappers

Bread, Tortilla, & Chip Bags

Bread, Tortilla, & Chip Bags

Dish Tab Wrappers - Same brand powder form (no wrappers) leaves gritty soap splatter all over the dishes

Dish Tab Wrappers - Same brand powder form (no wrappers) leaves gritty soap splatter all over the dishes

Kid's monthly In N Out indulgence - Straws and Plastic-Wrapped-Plastic Cutlery (included in bag for cheese fries - Cheese Fries = Gross, Cutlery for Cheese Fries = Wholly Unnecessary)  

Kid's monthly In N Out indulgence - Straws and Plastic-Wrapped-Plastic Cutlery (included in bag for cheese fries - Cheese Fries = Gross, Cutlery for Cheese Fries = Wholly Unnecessary)

 

Acrylic (plastic) Stuffing & Squeaker from dog toy - Kept the carcass, tossed the stuffing

Acrylic (plastic) Stuffing & Squeaker from dog toy - Kept the carcass, tossed the stuffing

Hard as rock Vinyl Eraser, Plastic Pizza Box Supporter, Milk Jug Ring, BandAid & Food Safety Seals.

Hard as rock Vinyl Eraser, Plastic Pizza Box Supporter, Milk Jug Ring, BandAid & Food Safety Seals.

 = 1 Plastic Matryoshka Brick

 = 1 Plastic Matryoshka Brick

(plus one big blue pretzel bag)

One goes into the next, and into the next, and into the next, until everything ends up tightly compacted into one larger bag - It's dense and heavy -  My thinking is that it contains all the little landfill-bound non reusable/recyclable pieces, into one secure bundle. The intention is to keep the little pieces, and the lightweight fly-away pieces from falling out of the garbage bin, and onto the ground/into the gutters, as it is tipped into the truck on trash day. 

 

 

 

Incidentally, containing all of the plastic like this results in a really small weekly bag of landfill (for this family of four)  each week. I should have taken a picture of that as well... but our entire trash takeaway for the week is roughly 1/4 of a small (plastic) kitchen waste bag. The rest is recycled, or composted (we're fortunate to have a stellar municipal composting program that picks up our compost - yard and kitchen - every week - meat, bones, cheese, pizza boxes, paper towels, moldy leftovers, bacon grease, banana peels - it all goes in with the grass & yard clippings).