I got up this morning and rolled my garbage can and recycling bin out to the curbside. In an hour or so the big green truck will come and haul it all away. Out of sight out of mind.
It's true, most of us don't think much about the stuff we throw away. That's because we have, in the USA, an incredible infrastructure where we pay someone else to take care of our junk. But when I'm on my around-the-world bike trip, things will be different. I'll have to manage my trash myself.
When I'm camping I keep close watch on my garbage, and it's amazing how much I produce.
I try to keep it down, but there are always cardboard boxes, plastic containers and of course the occasional wine bottle that have to be policed and disposed of properly. Often there are trash bins in campgrounds, but not always. Sometimes I wind up carrying my garbage around with me for hours if not days.
As I travel across the U.S. and around the world, I'll be wild camping as much as I can, which exacerbates the trash disposal problem even more. I guess I'll just have to be more diligent about the things I buy and try my best to cut down even more on disposables.
Something I should do while I'm still here at home, too.