All great suggestions Rob.
I need to setup a bin for the glass stuff to go to the recycling bin at the community collection site. They don't take it in the street recycle anymore as they had too many complains/claims for broken glass in the streets. They did go to taking just about any type of plastic now. We even have a large bin with wheels now for our recycling. I typically have the recycle container full every week and a bag (maybe 2) in the 90 gallon trash can each week depending on if we had to throw stuff out of the fridge, or if something got stinky in the kitchen trash and had to go out.
I too keep a collection of cardboard for the same uses as well as scraps of carpet I get from time to time for laying on the shop floor working on the car.
I'm pretty conscious of what containers I buy our food products in. I really don't like buying in plastic, but I have had to change my mindset since we recycle it and not tin cans (from canned food). We buy the milk in the glass container from a local dairy and return the bottles for a deposit, which we've done for years.
As for the cooking for two, I'm well aware of that. We just recently bought a new chest type deep freeze. I had it in my mind that it would be too expensive to keep one running year round, wrong, tag says about only about $30 per year. So I've gotten where I'll make larger meals of the things that re-heat well and freeze them for quick meals during the week. This does frustrate my wife sometimes, as I usually end up freezing what she had thought she was taking for her lunch the next day.
I actually recycled some wood and pallets this week. I keep a 60 gallon barrel or two around, which the unusable scraps go in to burn in the wood stove, the rest got cut up into usable sizes and stacked for projects. I don't worry about removing the nails as I fish them out of the ashes with a magnet later. I usually have a bucket for bent nails and the nails that came from the ashes for scrapping. I typically have a small load of stuff that I give to a metal scrapper each year (via CL, just list as Free) as I'm purging out stuff that has accumulated. I probably could make a little money taking it to the scrap yard myself, but would spend the profits in gas and time. This way the scrapper gets some money and I save the time taking it.
Next year I think I'm going to put in a couple of rain barrels for watering the flowers beds and topping off the fish pond during the heat of summer. I have a couple of places where they can be put out of sight, to keep SWMBO happy and still be accessible.
To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault