CartsI pulled the huge (93-gallon) green trash cart to the curb this morning, well aware this would be the last time. Today is the day the Denton Solid Waste Department replaces it with their smallest trash cart.

The reduction in service will save us a whopping $33 per year. Also, we’ll be able to join the few other households in the neighborhood that can get away with a small cart for trash. Our compost pile will make sure we won’t even come close to filling it.

To be honest, the only “right sized” cart is no cart. That would be the size of a Zero Waste Cart. Between the compost pile, reusable grocery bags, our gardens and shopping for bulk foods or food in recyclable containers, we will come very close to Zero Waste. The new trash cart will only have to be hauled to the curb once every few months.

The anticipation has taken over my morning. It’s only 8:15 and I’ve already looked at the street six times to see if the huge, green cart is still there. The trash truck came a few minutes ago and emptied it. Hopefully, they’ll switch it out soon, so I can tear myself away from the windows and get on with my day.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.