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3-year experience with garbage

(sorting with partial recycling)

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○ For about 3 years (sometime around 2015 and until June 2018) I collected, transported, sorted and partially recycled local trade waste (from local stores).
○ I started from one store and gradually reached 4.

○ For all this 3-year term through my hands passed, in my opinion, dozens tons of garbage.

○ The heaviest were: glass, metal, food waste, rubber, packaging film, wood, and even cardboard (due to a large number of it).

○ The main goal of this activity was to reduce the negative impact on nature (at least a little) both on my part and on the part of other people.

○ I recycled only what can burn (wood, cardboard and paper) and what can rot (food waste and plant residues).
○ All the rest (plastic, packaging film, glass, rubber, etc.) had to be bagged and taken to a landfill, since it was not possible to recycle it.


How I used sorted garbage at home:

(main directions)

1) Heating of the house:

○ I stopped ordering sawn wood.
○ I warmed my house with those things that would have landed on the landfill.

○ Just I feel sorry for the forests. Trees are cut down in huge quantities. Tree planting, it seems, are not committed. And if done, then the speed and volume (in my opinion) are not comparable with cutting down.

○ I used wooden boxes, cardboard boxes and paper from local stores as fuel, and sometimes tree branches that was cut down in the town.

2) Plant growing. Fertilizer for plants:

○ I made a large box in my yard for compost (from wooden posts, large slate sheets and several long boards).

○ Food waste, spoiled food, mowed grass, weeds, harvest tops from the harvested crop and the fallen leaves I gathered into the compost pile.

○ When compost will be ready, it will go to the garden.


○ 3 shops are very close to my home, and transport was not to be needed for them. But 4-th shop (biggest from them) is almost in 1 km from me.
○ For it I had to made a special wheelbarrow with tray/bed (it was cheap, precisely - even completely free).

○ Every day, approximately in one and the same time, I visited shops, collected their daily mixed garbage, and transported it to my yard.
○ I sorted this waste at my yard, extracted that was needed for me, and that was not needed for me.
○ Every day I spent on this activity some kind of from 0.5 to 5 hours (in different days - different quantity of waste).

○ I done not big wooden container in the street near one of those shops (in order to that garbage was not fly away and was not got wet from rain, before I took him to my yard). Because there to take away waste from the street was more easily then in the shop.
○ From another three shops I took away the waste right from the inside.

○ Every summer I ordered a vehicle and transported bags with unnecessary trash to landfill. Every year I accumulated a lot of bags.

Cessation of activity:

○ I stopped this activity the most because of lack of place for storage of useful and useless garbage, and also because of lack of time (such activity take very much of time, and everyday).


Problems encountered during work (difficulties):

- Rodents immediately appear (you need to block their access to the waste).
- Rodents gnaw bags as they want, in the end garbage partially falls out of the bags.
- Rodents create additional work (have to fold into the bags some of the garbage, which has already been folded earlier).
- Clothing (get dirty, stinks, need to change clothes).
- Flies, birds, bees, etc. over the compost pile. The smell is also from this.

- Problems with garbage collection (sometimes it is difficult to find a car for removal).


Volume of work done:

- Bags with unwanted garbage exported to landfill - more than 200 bags per year (over 600 bags for 3 years). Plus plastic boxes.

- Cardboard - a very large amount and volume! Disassembled and tightly packed in sheets.

- Wooden boxes (packaging): 400 boxes in the photo (this is about half of the total quantity for 3 years). About 200 (counted 191) boxes not in the photo. Plus about 200 more already disassembled earlier.

- Branches of trees - about 5-10 cubic meters in 3 years. In the photo - only part of the total.

- The compost heap is almost rotten and compacted (decreased in volume) humus.


My thoughts (opinion, view) on how to effectively engage in this activity:

- The entire used territory (both indoors and outdoors) must be covered with something, so that small objects from the waste do not trampled into the ground. Because this is the loss of raw materials and soil clogging.

- Only a place for the compost pile can be left opened, so that there was free access for microorganisms and worms.

- Around the whole area really need a high fence (without gaps), so that small light objects from waste do not fly beyond the borders of the area.

- In the waste that goes into the humus (even with carefull sorting) still remain small pieces of film, plastic, etc. It's very important to solve this problem. Otherwise, all unnecessary will go to the soil of kitchen-gardens.

- All that unnecessary I puted inside the usual bags (dense bags from flour and sugar, mesh bags - from onions). I took this bags from the same shops where I took out the waste.

- If the number of bags is not enough, we can make them ourselves. For example, they can be made from packaging film (to cut quadrangles and to sew them with a special electric heater).

- Special clothes are very important when we deal with waste (because such activities are very dirty and smelly). I used unnecessary used clothes (nondescript look). I think that can be used special clothes, preferably waterproof and washable.

- It's preferably to deal with waste in special buildings/rooms (sorting-recycling factory, storehouses).
Without such buildings/rooms many objects of waste are simply outside and occupy a large area; are affected by direct sun rays, rain, snow, wind.
The presence of special buildings/rooms is especially important in winter (because of the cold and snow).

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