We utilize our plastic carry out bags from grocery stores by using them to line the bucket. We usually keep about 10 bags in the bucket lined at a time. That way when the bag is pulled out and tied up to be put outside in the can, another bag is already there waiting.
The medium-sized bucket is perfect for us and gets taken out almost every day without any fuss of smelly, stinky garbage that needs to go out. The bags are free and they are very easy to tie up and throw away. Sometimes when everyone is home for a holiday, we may empty the bucket 2 or 3 times a day. Again, no one minds carrying the plastic bag out because it is so compact and doesn't have a ton of garbage running out of it.
The total cost of this idea is $2 or less for plastic bucket at the dollar store. The liner bags are free from where you shop.
By Marsha from Greenville, NC
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Debbie52, in answer to your question about plastic grocery bags decomposing in landfills. Landfills are not like compost piles. They are designed in a way that the trash is isolated from groundwater and contact with air. Think of a landfill as a large Tupperware bowl. Not much trash decomposes in a landfill. To really save landfills, it is important to recycle everything that can be recycled and don't be wasteful.
I too like to use the plastic grocery bags for various purposes but does anyone know if they decompose in the landfill?
I have done this for years and love it! I also put several underneath the one I am currently using so I can grab one to replace it when we throw out the old ones. I also use kleenex boxes to store them in and can stack them behind the trash can under the sink. Thanks for sharing so others can save money!
I also do that as the two of us do not generate much trash since we recycle most of it. I have a small waste basket sitting up high in my tall kitchen trash can. The plastic grocery bag fits it perfectly.
We live in the country and take our trash to the convenient site once a week. I don't even buy garbage bags any more. We put the plastic bags of trash in the trash container and secure the lid with a bungee cord. When the can gets full, we take it to the dump. The bungee cord keeps the lid on and there's no risk of losing those small bags of trash on the road.
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