Appendix 5: Garbage Can Checklist

DON’T TOSS ME UNTIL YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:

CAN YOU OR CAN YOU NOT—

  eat me?
[test “best by” and expiration dates at ShelfLifeAdvice.com]

  freeze me?
[for freeze-ability advice about any food item, visit StillTasty.com]

  compost me?
[for neighbor’s garden or your own]

  recycle me?
[paper, solid plastics, plastic bags, glass, metals, electronics]

  donate me?
[food banks, Goodwill]

  repair me?
[fix and give away]

  reuse me?
[paper towels, plastic bags, peanut butter jars]

  stop buying me?
[avoid wasted foods, excessive packaging, disposable products]

  buy a smaller version of me?
[so there’s less of me to toss]

  squash me?
[less bulk means lower PAYT costs]

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