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Alternatives to plastic trash bags...

are there any? Something that won't leak but won't use up crap loads of plastic...does such a thing exist?

I think the best thing to do is not create trash in the first place.  I'm not so good at doing that, but a professor in college filled a trash bag evey six months or so by using cloth grocery bags, reusable bags for bulk bins, composting, recycling, and living simply.  I've always used him as a goalpost, but am nowhere close to two bags of trash a year.

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I haven't tried them, but these are compostable and biodegradable trash bags:

http://www.biogroupusa.com/

I too am trying to reduce the amount that we throw away.  My husband and I produce maybe a medium sized bag per month (not counting things that go in the recycling bin).  All our food waste gets composted, we buy in bulk whever possible, use reusable grocery bags, and consciously buy products with less packaging.

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We've been trying to reduce our waste and have been fairly successful at it; however, our community only recycles #1 and #2 plastics (which excludes all of the margarine, yogurt, etc. containers), so that's been a lot of the waste.

I'll check out those biodegradable bags. Do all of you who compost have gardens? What do you do with the compost? Our community couldn't care less about compost, and we live in an apartment without the possibility of utilizing the compost ourselves.

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I bought biodegradable bags at my HFS once.  Just once.  The ones I got weren't elasticy so they tore easily.  Maybe there are different types out there.

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My 9 year old daughter has in the past few months declared herself to be the person in charge of the garbage. By her orders (and her own works and efforts) -- garbage bags must be re-used unless there's something REALLY icky inside. The outside cans are lined with a big black bag, and when the inside cans are nearly full (nearly, not all the way so the bag isn't gross at the top), she dumps them into the outside cans and covers with the lid. Around here, we take our own garbage to the landfill, so we can simply turn the cans upside down, and keep the bag inside.

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My 9 year old daughter has in the past few months declared herself to be the person in charge of the garbage. By her orders (and her own works and efforts) -- garbage bags must be re-used unless there's something REALLY icky inside. The outside cans are lined with a big black bag, and when the inside cans are nearly full (nearly, not all the way so the bag isn't gross at the top), she dumps them into the outside cans and covers with the lid. Around here, we take our own garbage to the landfill, so we can simply turn the cans upside down, and keep the bag inside.

Your daughter is cool! I wish all 9 year olds were that cool ;)

BTW, you live Absarokee! So cool! I'm originally from Billings, but going to school in AZ. It's always nice to "meet" another Montanan!

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I think the best thing to do is not create trash in the first place.  I'm not so good at doing that, but a professor in college filled a trash bag evey six months or so by using cloth grocery bags, reusable bags for bulk bins, composting, recycling, and living simply.  I've always used him as a goalpost, but am nowhere close to two bags of trash a year.

Wow, that's amazing. We have our trash picked up every two weeks (they won't do it less often than that), and we have a "waste wise" ton, which is only half the size of a small regular one. I would say three or four small trash bags can fit in it. Though it is full every time they pick it up. Then again most of the trash lately is stuff I'm digging up in the backyard because someone who owned this house in the 70s (I believe) used the backyard as a garbage dump and there is still a ton buried underneath where we want to have a vegetable garden.
We buy in bulk, reuse items we can (jars, etc.), recycle, compost, etc. but there's still so much trash.

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Your daughter is cool! I wish all 9 year olds were that cool ;)

BTW, you live Absarokee! So cool! I'm originally from Billings, but going to school in AZ. It's always nice to "meet" another Montanan!

Thanks! I do have a few fanatics--I hope they don't lose it.

Good to meet you too. Absarokee, while physically close, is pretty far from Billings. I lived in Billings a few years, and have lived in Absarokee nearly 3 years, but I'm a Marylander. I was starting to think of myself as a Montanan, then about two weeks ago, a local was doing a "you know you're a Montanan if..." thing and it got pretty clear that I'm not a Montanan! (here's the not that there's anything wrong with that clause) But Montanan's are wonderful. . .even the ranchers. . .which seem to be most of the people I know. Running on a bit here, if you ever come home to visit maybe we'll hello.  :)

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Your daughter is cool! I wish all 9 year olds were that cool ;)

BTW, you live Absarokee! So cool! I'm originally from Billings, but going to school in AZ. It's always nice to "meet" another Montanan!

Thanks! I do have a few fanatics--I hope they don't lose it.

Good to meet you too. Absarokee, while physically close, is pretty far from Billings. I lived in Billings a few years, and have lived in Absarokee nearly 3 years, but I'm a Marylander. I was starting to think of myself as a Montanan, then about two weeks ago, a local was doing a "you know you're a Montanan if..." thing and it got pretty clear that I'm not a Montanan! (here's the not that there's anything wrong with that clause) But Montanan's are wonderful. . .even the ranchers. . .which seem to be most of the people I know. Running on a bit here, if you ever come home to visit maybe we'll hello.  :)

This makes it (at least) three of us! I'm from Billings as well, but I moved away about seven years ago. I still make it back to MT once a year or so. Otherwise my parents would kill me! I totally know what you're talking about with the "You know you're a Montanan when..." jokes. My stepmom is always sending me those long email forwards with a series of answers to that question. Most of them don't apply to me, and I am, I think, authentically Montanan!

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I think the best thing to do is not create trash in the first place.  I'm not so good at doing that, but a professor in college filled a trash bag evey six months or so by using cloth grocery bags, reusable bags for bulk bins, composting, recycling, and living simply.  I've always used him as a goalpost, but am nowhere close to two bags of trash a year.

Wow, I thought we were doing good with one bag a week -- once in a while, none. That is incredible!

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This makes it (at least) three of us! I'm from Billings as well, but I moved away about seven years ago. I still make it back to MT once a year or so. Otherwise my parents would kill me! I totally know what you're talking about with the "You know you're a Montanan when..." jokes. My stepmom is always sending me those long email forwards with a series of answers to that question. Most of them don't apply to me, and I am, I think, authentically Montanan!

Well, uh, HOWDY! . . .that just doesn't work coming from me, but, Hi anyway.

Yeah, so many of those jokes curiously enough involve the aroma of roasting meat. ???

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