Philisophical Friday_Garbage? What’s garbage?

I’ve been told by folks who know me best that I have a strange way of thinking about things.  Well, they might be right.  I’ll let you be the judge.  Every Friday (or most Fridays, you know how life can be) I’m going to share some of my thoughts with the blogosphere.  You decide:  Innovative Thinker…The Thinker

…or, Girlfriend, you need a little help!

 I envision a world where there’s no such thing as “garbage.”  When I told this to my mother-in-law, I got one of those Girlfriend-you-need-help looks.  But think about it, especially for us folks trying to grow our veggies organically.  Food scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper products, hair, vacuum cleaner dust, plant debris, grass clippings, natural fabrics like wool and cotton can all go into the compost pile.   Now, instead of driving to the store (adding to the pollution problem) and buying compost (which you don’t really know what went into it), you have used your “garbage” to make one of the best natural fertilizers you can supply to your garden.  And that’s just backyard gardeners like myself. 

I’ve read about diehard recycling composters who even compost their children’s diapers and (please excuse the mention of a delicate subject) feminine products.  That’s a step I personally wouldn’t take, but that’s just another example of garbage not being garbage.

Grocery stores trim their vegetables for a pretty presentation.  They see garbage.  If vegetables aren’t sold before they go bad, they see garbage.  I see green materials for compost.

Taking it a few steps further past the home gardener with a few chickens, past the homesteader with a few animals to supply eggs, milk and meat for their own families up to the commercial meat producers.  All animals poop.  It’s a fact of life.  What do they do with all that poop/garbage?  Let the animals walk around in their own excrement…wait, that’s another post for another day.  Poop can be used to power cities, produce natural gas, can possible be used for flooring and, of course, fertilizer for the garden. 

What’s left that would go into the garbage can and then head off to the landfill?  Aluminum, metal, glass…all recyclable.  Old electronics…recyclable.  Old furniture, clothes, household items…Freecyclable.  Recently a Freecycler offered his food scraps for composting.  In other words, your garbage isn’t garbage to somebody.



  1. September 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm


  2. Janice said,

    July 18, 2010 at 4:01 am

    ) I guess we are like-minded! I completely agree that we should have no “garbage”! In nature, there is NO such thing as garbage! Everything is recycled and used over and over. It’s a beautiful perfect balance. We’ve gotta do something about plastics though. Less usage since it’s not compostable and not very recyclable. (quality of the plastic degrades each time it is recycled into another product, then finally it’s unusable grade plastic.

    • July 18, 2010 at 10:39 am

      I never really thought about the plastic degrading each time it’s recycled until it become unrecyclable. I guess we’re just delaying the inevitable with the plastics. How to cut down on plastic use is really something to think about.

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