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Carrying your own garbage for a week

By: Eric Fisher

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (abc40) — Normally we use something, we throw it away, it goes out to the street and then it’s gone. The usual cycle, and some of us don’t give it much though. But would that change if you had to carry all your own garbage around with you?

To find out, I carried my own trash around for the work-week. I’ll preface this experience with this: I’m a pretty frugal guy. I don’t buy fast food, I don’t lead a very exciting life. A general day is work, gym, running, reading, sleep. (Don’t get too jealous now). But even after a few days, the refuse begins to stack up.

Normally I do recycle a fair amount of the material I use, but for this experiment I just threw everything from daily use into the bag. It sat at my cubicle at work (co-workers not a fan). It came to the park with me, and it came on school visits with me. By the end, we had a fairly significant pile of garbage.

Of course, a story like this is partly entertainment value, and this is part 1. Part 2 is the informational part, where we brought the trash to a recycling center and found out what we could remove from the waste stream, and also what makes sense to recycle. It turns out that the recycling business has been hurting lately. Read on for more details!


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