Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

GIGO: Diary of a Recycler March 1, 2008

Garbage in/Garbage Out: The story of what happens to my stuff.
Barbara Armitage will provide a diary of her home and garden recycling program during the month of March.

By Barbara Armitage

Every day every man woman and child in America is responsible for 4 pounds of garbage that is added to landfills across our country.

Its a staggering amount one which I personally refuse to contribute to!

My name is Barbara and I believe that as a citizen of Earth, my actions are important to the survival of our planet and I choose to live my life in a responsible manner.

Over the next 30 days I am going to share with you all the trashier side of my life. Im doing this in hopes that you too will take a closer look at what we are bringing home and more importantly where it all goes when it leaves us.

At my house there are four ways to get rid of unwanted items.
  1. Composting: everything organic except bones and meat
  2. Recycle: plastics, glass, paper, aluminum and lots more
  3. Freecycle: give unwanted items away
  4. Garbage can: whatevers left is sadly sent to the landfill
GIGO Diary of a Recycler:Everyday we are going to follow my garbage to see just how close I can come to eliminating my contribution the landfills in AmericaToday is Saturday March 1, 2008

I cleaned out every trash can in the house last night so that I could start fresh this morning.

The first thing I do every day is feed the dogs and cats so I guess it's fitting that the first trash of the first day is empty dog food bags. While most of these bags are paper on the outside they are in fact plastic lined. Keep these bags out of our landfills by taking them to the Adair County Recycling Center, 62 Service Road, Columbia, KY, along with all your other recyclables.

FACT: Plastic never fully decomposes. Over time it goes through a process of photo degradation and breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.

Here's what happened to the rest of the day's garbage.

  • Dog and cat food bags
  • Broken plastic bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • Shampoo bottle
  • Printed Cardboard
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bags recycle (at Wal-Mart, 809 Jamestown ST, Columbia, KY until the Super Wal-Mart at Holladay Place opens in late 2008)
  • Tea bags
  • Potato pieces
  • Onion
  • Paper towels
  • Green beans
  • Cardboard
  • Paper towel cardboard roll
  • Sweetener wrappers
  • Toilet paper cardboard roll
  • Paper plate
  • Waxed paper
  • Wrapper on butter
  • Broken clothes pin
  • Toothpicks
  • Q-tips used for make up
  • Assorted plastic pieces picked up during yard clean up
  • Plastic ring from milk carton
  • Disposable razor
  • Floss
  • Plastic seal from sour cream container
  • Cream cheese foil wrapper
  • Metal from broken clothes pin
Today, the biggest volume of my garbage goes to compost for our Tucker's Station Garden.

The next largest will go to the Adair Recycling Center, 62 Service Road, Columbia, KY.

Only a tiny amount will go into the landfill.
REMINDER: Recycle 101 to be offered at Adair Extension OfficeEVENTS

Barbara Armitage of the Garden Club and Kelli Bonifer of the Adair County Extension Service and and are collaborating to offer Recycle 101 on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 10:00amCT. A guest lecturer will be famed Kentucky environmentalist A.L. Sinclair. The course will train those who attend the ABC's of Recycling.

The purpose of the course is to train Adair County more about living responsibly by recycling and reducing energy use. It will wrap up the Earth Day celebrations in April. The course is designed to train trainers who will in turn train neighbors until everyone in Adair County is a recycler. For more information contact Barbara Armitage at (270) 250-2979 or Kelli Bonifer at (270) 384-2317. The Adair Extension Service is located at 417 Fairgrounds Street, Columbia, KY.

This story was posted on 2008-03-02 01:36:22
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.