As many of you know, I live in Duluth.Â Instead of having the "traditional" garbage service where the lovely trash man picks up your garbage every week and you pay a monthly or quarterly bill, residents in the city limits have to buy special "Duluth" trash bags otherwise your stinky waste sits at the curb until your HOA sends you a "friendly note".
Over the last 5-years, I have watched the price of a box of 20 Duluth Garbage Bags go from $21 to a whopping $34!Â Yeah, it's still inexpensive if you put one bag out every week amounting a little over $7 per month but I've decided to further reduce my waste by recycling more and funnel my money to other more pleasurable things!Â Ok, I must admit that it has also has a little to do with the fact that my future B-Hub (that's husband :-) is an environmental engineer who specializes in waste management (noooo...he is NOT in the mafia if that's what ya'll were thinking) and tells me about all the things he sees in landfills.
So, I bought the smaller Duluth Garbage Bags (I think they're like a 30-gallon and come in a roll of 20 for about $20) and I'm a little more anal on my recycling habits!Â Every week, I cram all I can into my petite "accepted" trash bag,Â even if that means that (my daily smaller) bags are poking out of the top, fill my curbside recycling bin to the brim, make additional trips to the grocery store (with my re-usable environmentally friendly bags) to drop my egg cartons and what few plastic bags I do accumulate into their receptacles! When I'm cleaning out my paper files I even bring all of that paper to the large "paper" recycling bin at my daughter's school.
So far, so good!Â I haven't had to use a 2nd bag.Â To find out which items can be recycled and for more recycling tips, visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com
or contact the Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Division Call Center at 770.822.7141.