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post #31 of 41
I get the paper grocery bags the majority of the time!!
I always seem to forget to bring the bags (either plastic/paper or cloth) into the store when I go shopping however!! I must make that a new yrs resolution!!
My Whole Foods bag I usually use at the farmers market and my Trader Joe's bag is my library book bag though.
post #32 of 41
As with Fran in Germany, here in France no grocery store or supermarket gives out free bags, and some don't even sell them! So you have to take your own, or keep and re-use the ones they sell. For trash and litter, I buy large degradable ones that are left out for the collectors. In France you have to recycle your plastic and glass bottles, paper and cardboard in the special recycle bins in every village. The garbage collectors won't take them. All garden rubbish has to be taken to the tip. The French take disposal and recycling very seriously, and it takes a while to get into the right mindset and habit.
post #33 of 41
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As with Fran in Germany, here in France no grocery store or supermarket gives out free bags, and some don't even sell them! So you have to take your own, or keep and re-use the ones they sell. For trash and litter, I buy large degradable ones that are left out for the collectors. In France you have to recycle your plastic and glass bottles, paper and cardboard in the special recycle bins in every village. The garbage collectors won't take them. All garden rubbish has to be taken to the tip. The French take disposal and recycling very seriously, and it takes a while to get into the right mindset and habit.
I wish the US would catch on more and hop on the "recycling wagon" a bit more intensely! The only thing we have to loose is our planet's beauty and resources.

Here in my city (bartlett, tn- near memphis) - they won't pick up recycling, but they do have centers you can bring your recycling products to. So that's what we do. We have 2 seperate bins for our recycling products -one for plastics/glasses/etc and the other for paper products. Once a month we load everything up and haul it to the recycling centers and sort them out ourselves. We don't mind making a little extra effort because it's soo worth it!

Now in the city of Memphis where i used to live- they would have recycling pickup every week when the trash pickups would run. I wish Bartlett offered pick up service- i think a lot more people would recycle if it ment they didn't have to drive their rubbish all the way to the centers.
post #34 of 41
In the past I've used the cloth reusable bags but I got away from that since I use the plastic grocery bags for lining small trash cans and scooping the litter boxes. In fact I had to raid my Mom's stash of grocery bags because I ran out! I still use the cloth ones if I go to Borders or Barnes & Noble.
post #35 of 41
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As with Fran in Germany, here in France no grocery store or supermarket gives out free bags, and some don't even sell them! So you have to take your own, or keep and re-use the ones they sell. For trash and litter, I buy large degradable ones that are left out for the collectors. In France you have to recycle your plastic and glass bottles, paper and cardboard in the special recycle bins in every village. The garbage collectors won't take them. All garden rubbish has to be taken to the tip. The French take disposal and recycling very seriously, and it takes a while to get into the right mindset and habit.
That really sounds like Germany. In our county, we have standardized "Eurobins" for trash (I think they're called "rollies" in the UK, as they're wheeled), which is collected every two weeks. There's a basic price everybody pays, and then a surcharge which depends on the (inside) volume of your bin. You can opt for monthly collection. There's a separate yellow bin for plastics and foils that's emptied once a month, but that has to be shared with your next-door neighbors. Plastic and glass bottles are now deposit only, so they have to be taken back to the stores. Beverage cans are very rare nowadays. Other glass and paper or cardboard have to be taken to igloos (public recycling bins). Garden rubbish and garbage either have to be composted (which has caused a rodent problem), or put in a special "biodegradable bin" (extra charge), which is emptied every week in the summer, and otherwise every two weeks. Batteries and light bulbs have to be disposed of at supermarkets. Many cleaning products and laundry detergents are available in plastic "refill" bags, so you can reuse the original plastic bottles for years.

Our trash collectors actually look in every bin/can before emptying it, to make sure you've separated properly. If not, your bin isn't emptied.

We have a three-part trash bin in our kitchen, for "dry trash", "recyclables", and "biodegradables", plus a wicker basket where we stash bottles and paper to be taken down to the cellar, where we sort things to be disposed of properly every weekend. It sounds complicated, but becomes second nature after a little while.
post #36 of 41
I use at least one of those bags a day for my litter scooping I can't live witjhout my plastic bags! what else would I use???

I do like the idea of a basket though, I could use that at the stores that have the cheap bags
post #37 of 41
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I use at least one of those bags a day for my litter scooping I can't live witjhout my plastic bags! what else would I use???

I do like the idea of a basket though, I could use that at the stores that have the cheap bags
I've got a Litter Locker.
post #38 of 41
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I've got a Litter Locker.
I don't think they make a litter locker big enough for 15 cats
post #39 of 41
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I don't think they make a litter locker big enough for 15 cats
lol... I was worried about one for two or three cats ...lol.. you would need
post #40 of 41
Most of the stores here sell reusable cloth bags, the problem is remembering to bring them with me! I don't do much grocery shopping anyway, mostly just greens for the bunnies. I rely on the bf to feed me most of the time.
I like to use plastic bags for litter here, too. I also have a litter locker, but I still use bags for the rabbit's litter boxes, the hedgehog and hamster cages, they're not so easy to scoop, lol.
post #41 of 41
I haven't been very good about remembering my cloth bags lately. After we move I will though. Mine are just tote bags I got on a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby. They are just plain tan canvas. I have a couple other small ones I use too that Mike got at training conventions.

I'm thinking of checking out Aldi's after we move, too. It's in a nice area where we're moving to. I haven't been to that one in some time, but I think my MIL shops there. Here all of the Aldi's are in some not so nice areas. The Save-A-Lot even has shootings in the parking lot.
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