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Challenge 2 - Measure Your Waste

Knowing how much waste you produce will help you identify how it can be reduced!

  • Use Tool #1 OR Tool #2 below to calculate the approximate garbage your household creates in a year.
  • Enter your calculated household waste per year in the comment box below to complete the challenge.

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  • Barbara Hickling
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 17:11:01 -0400
    3.1 Cubic Metres per year for a family of 5
  • Dawn Lyons
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 13:49:56 -0400
    Hmm, the calculation came to 2.0 m3, but we often skip a collection day due to bin not being full (like last g’day, photo attached)! How to calculate that? I looked at the City website, the info was unhelpful (measurements are overall, do not reflect raised floor in smallest bins). So, I worked from the apartment tool, grocery bags per week, and came up with something closer to say 1.0 m3/yr, although there is the odd thing that doesn’t make it into a grocery bag (eg, old bike tires!). So, let’s split the diff and call it 1.5 m3.
  • Myra Jane Davidson-Neville
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 11:12:29 -0400
    I take one grocery bag to bin each week.
  • Barbara White
    Took Challenge 2014-05-24 05:47:26 -0400
    I put one grocery bag of garbage in a week. In that bag i throw out plastic bread and milk bags. Everything else goes in recycling. I have a compost going in my back yard. Used clothes etc. go to pick up charities.
  • Cirlene Pessoa
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 18:06:48 -0400
  • Meghan Proudfoot Hila
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 13:15:00 -0400
    I own a medium sized garbage bin, but the amount I put in wouldn’t even fill a small sized garbage bin when it is time to put out the garbage. However, there is only my husband and I in our home. It will probably change when children become part of the picture.
  • Mary Frances Ellison
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 12:31:05 -0400
    6.2 cubic metres
  • Shawn Vanderheyden
    Took Challenge 2014-05-23 05:59:55 -0400
    measured / tracked – 0.3 m3 / yr

    mostly unstretchable plastic (bags)

    so glad to see that our household isn’t the only one down this low
  • Justin Conley
    Took Challenge 2014-05-22 15:35:17 -0400
    My estimated household waste in a year is 0.5 cubic metres.
  • Yvonne Ho
    Took Challenge 2014-05-22 15:03:41 -0400
    3.1 cubic metres
  • Janet Janzen
    Took Challenge 2014-05-22 11:37:20 -0400
    3.9
  • Clare Esler
    Took Challenge 2014-05-21 18:56:47 -0400
  • Vicki Moore
    Took Challenge 2014-05-21 15:56:10 -0400
    6.8 cubic meters
  • Natasha Malloch
    Took Challenge 2014-05-21 14:38:19 -0400
    1.0 Cubic Metres
  • Adeline Cohen B
    Took Challenge 2014-05-18 20:27:23 -0400
  • Emily Alfred
    Took Challenge 2014-05-17 11:38:47 -0400
  • Mieke Foster
    Took Challenge 2014-05-16 11:57:19 -0400
    .5 cubic metres per year excluding any bulky items of which I have almost none
  • Meg Lederer
    Took Challenge 2014-05-15 15:51:45 -0400
  • Abdurrazzaq Durojaiye
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-15 09:53:23 -0400
  • Patricia McPhail
    Took Challenge 2014-05-15 07:27:37 -0400
    According to the calculations we produce between 1 and 2 Cubic Metres of household waste per year.
  • Robyn Davis
    Took Challenge 2014-05-14 19:29:52 -0400
    yes
  • Leah Penttila
    Took Challenge via 2014-05-14 17:47:19 -0400
  • Natalie Heldsinger
    Took Challenge 2014-05-14 16:02:12 -0400
    Using tool # 1 I calculated that my household produces approximately 2.0 cubic meters of waste per year.


    After paying close attention to the items thrown out in my weekly garbage bag, I have determine that packaging is the number one issue. If I can cut back on the amount of packaging being purchased then I can definitely decrease the amount of garbage produced in my household.
  • Franz M Hartmann
    Took Challenge 2014-05-13 17:14:29 -0400
    I create about 2 cubic metres of garbage per year. Most of it is packaging so I want to start making an effort to cut down on the packaging we get with the stuff we buy.
  • Andrew J Holownych
    Took Challenge 2014-05-13 14:24:21 -0400
    3.1 cubic meters.

    I currently have a medium garbage bin, but my goal is to have the small one. Even then, I only hope to put it out once a month, not every two weeks!
  • Katherine A Skinner
    Took Challenge 2014-05-13 12:37:35 -0400
    2 cubic metres. I used tool #1 because we NEVER fill our medium sized bin, chosen by mistake when the bins came out. Usually we just throw out 1 bag per week, but sometimes, when we’re cleaning out we fill the bin, so chose 2 bags as a way of evening out what we throw out.
  • Heather Marshall
    Took Challenge 2014-05-13 11:27:52 -0400
    Me and my partner throw out 2 cubic metres of garbage per year! At first I estimated 0.25 garbage bags per week, since it takes us a month to fill up our garbage bag (mostly plastic films and food packaging). But then I remembered that we often clean out the house and throw out bulkier items like cat scratching posts, broken equipment, etc. So I changed it to 0.5 in the calculator.
  • Marilyn McKim
    Took Challenge 2014-05-12 21:10:07 -0400
    The calculator says 2 cubic metres but we leave out our small bin once a month at most.
  • Emily Green
    Took Challenge 2014-05-12 13:59:59 -0400
    One grocery bag every 2 weeks.
  • R Gordon Grdn
    Took Challenge 2014-05-12 09:15:22 -0400
    1 bag/week (bi-weekly trash pickup, 3 bags every 2 weeks)