RECYCLE // This is a pic not often seen on a zw profile, probably because it's not as aesthetic as those mason jars. But a big part of living zw is dealing with this as well👆 Although I've lived zw for 4 years, I've never been able to fit my trash in a jar. And I've got news for you: you don't have to, to live zw. Zw to me has always been a goal to strive for. It's a daily reminder to reduce trash wherever I can. But that's also all I can do; reduce it, as trash will happen while we live in this economy.
Pictured is my recycling. Despite having a local bulk store and some options at regular grocery stores, packaging adds up if I want to maintain a varied diet. If I can't find something in bulk, I opt for packaging that's easily recyclable, like glass, metal, cardboard or paper. I check sortere.no to find out what's recyclable in my area. Since I can't do anything about having to recycle, I try to reduce it instead. I compete with myself for how long it can go between having to empty the bins.
Plastic bottles+cans are part of the norwegian return system. This means I take them back to a grocery store and receive money in return. The glass+metal and paper+cardboard is taken to my closest recycling containers, where I also recycle soft plastics. I clean/rinse all recycling in the hope that it's easier to recycle, but I know that by just misplacing materials (putting it in the wrong container), there's a chance the whole container won't be recycled (this depends on your local facilities ofc). Sometimes people misplace by accident, but I often see the "I don't care"-attitude, which is sad, but out of my control. So my best solution is to reduce. E.g. I buy the biggest pack possible if I can't find it unpacked, to reduce the waste of portion sized packaging. I also e.g. buy dried beans instead of boiled ones, as they take up less space and thus needs less packaging. These are simple swaps that don't mean more effort (I can boil beans while watching netflix🤷), but significantly reduce my recycling♻️🚯🌍🌿