Bin Audit: What's in my waste?
A bin audit is a great way to see how much plastic you dispose in your home, school or workplace. You can opt for a comprehensive audit, weighing all the rubbish or go for a simple audit and just count the number of plastic items.
What you need:
What to do:
Examine all of the items in the plastics category and see how many of each type were collected. Think about how to reduce these items, what alternatives could have been purchased and what could be reused?
A key to Plastic Free July is to be prepared and plan alternatives. In your workplace you may be able to purchase hand-washing liquid in refillable containers, milk in glass bottles and toilet paper wrapped in paper. Schools may wish to encourage "nude food" lunchbox competitions.
Stuck for ideas for alternatives? See our A-Z of Alternatives, leave us a comment below or post a question on our Plastic Free July facebook page.
Make sure you carry out a bin audit again at the end of the challenge and see where you have improved.
Source: "Rubbish" Rachel Goddard. Reed Publishing NZ, 2007