Climbing out of my van one morning whilst visiting Vancouver, my eyes were assaulted by:
Oh man! What planet have I been living on?! I didn’t think this kind of waste happened anymore! Ok- I didn’t really think that, but let’s look closer and be perplexed together. And please do not be distracted by the Sun’s efforts to cast some light on this sinister scene.
Note how much trash this person/family has generated in one week. Un frikking believable! Zero thought went into the amount of waste generated. Note the empty recycling containers behind. Zero effort was made to recycle. Note the amount of food scraps. Zero effort was also made to compost (this person has a large back yard and the City of Vancouver offers compost pick up). Note the way in which they have crumpled the Tetra Pack juice containers. Zero time went in to handling the trash. Greedily they just gobbled the juice and hastily threw the vessel out…of sight and mind.
Let’s look even closer.
Picturing them chowing their soybeans and stuffing the skins into a clamshell container (then into the bulging trash sack, then into the overflowing bin) is utterly offensive to me. I just find it is SO trashy and unsophisticated, which, funnily enough, is probably 100% contrary to what these people want you to think of them (these people live in one of the richest neighbourhoods in Vancouver). You may call me a total judgey hag, but I will accept your abuse and go further to say they probably think their sh*t don’t stink. If I could have captured the smell in the image, you too, would see that it does.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not want to pick on any particular caste or community. This image, this morning, just down the road from us:
I don’t know how they would react if I first told them that their dirty secrets are publicized on the web, but I bet both offenders would claim that they “totally believe in helping the environment”. Who, for the most part, could disagree?! Except me, because I hate that saying. The environment doesn’t need help. We do.
Wasting is a symptom of a very much larger problem, and is a burden on so many levels. On a personal level, for me not creating waste is so utterly freeing, and a complete pleasure and privilege. Apart from just feeling good, it allowed me a clear examination of what was awry in my own life. Zero waste was/is a path to me.
Now, let the raccoons do the work or lift the lid yourself. It’s time you had a look.