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Unhappy Trash!????

How do you handle your trash? I know I must be doing something wrong... Gone for a weekend, two people, dinner Friday, 3 meals Saturday, 2 meals Sunday I can count on generating a bag of trash a day.

By the time I pack in any foam meat trays, cracker boxes, cookie plastic (break preventers) holders, half egg cartons, bacon packages, soda cans, wine bottles, cans for items cold or hot, fruit juice bottles, an occasional paper plate, paper towels, it gets to be a surprising amount of trash. Fresh vegetables and fruits come in the bags they are bought with. Same with meat. But still those items go in the trash bag.

When I get back to the marina, I separate out the recyclable items...aluminum, glass, plastic. but Wow!! it just seems like it is more than I would like. We will put a bag of trash in the dinghy as we get a second bag but gee wiz, surely folks cruising don't have this much "stuff" accumulating????

Hey, how do you handle your trash?

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Repackage everything before you leave the dock.........i2f
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If it is just me, my trash is minimal.

If with the family, we use three trash bags. One under the sink for wet trash, dry trash (compacted paper), and trash for the recyclable located in the wet locker. We don't use disposable stuff much (no paper plates, etc.). We bring in them, use and wash and take them back home. It works OK for us.
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As i2f says, we strip the cardboard boxes off things before they come aboard, and repackage into Tupperware-type containers. Eggs go in a camping-type carrier. Then the trash itself - cut the ends off cans and flatten them before putting them in the trash, any cardboard you do still have gets flattened also bfore going in the trash. Bulky things that don't really stink (like wine bottles) go in a bag at the bow to keep from quickly using up space in the main trash. Aslo, we look at packaging options like box wine instead of bottle (take off the box and just store the bag) or a carbonator machine instead of individual soda cans. You know you're a cruiser (kroozer?) when you go to the grocery store and you're more excited by the packages the food comes in, than you are by the food itself ...
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I don't think my wife and I generate quite that much but we do struggle with trash management. My biggest problem is that I firmly believe life is too short to drink crummy beer, so bottles are an issue. I'm searching for a decent beer that is sold in cans, but I think it's a Quixotic pursuit. I bought a brand called Mamma's Little Yellow Pils in Annapolis last fall that was about as good a canned beer as I've found thus far.

Long story short, I bought a can crusher which really helps with the bulk of the trash. Coors light cans are slightly too tall to fit it for some reason so that give me a reason to tell guests that swill is not welcome on the boat.
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Several years ago I spent a week in the Wind Rivers with a buddy of mine, climbing 1500-spires and enjoying nature. When you conside that we had to pack in and out shelter, sleeping gear, food, trash, and ropes/hardware for serious vertical climbing, your trash problems are very surmountable.

We don't live so spartan on the boat, but a family of 4 goes about 3 days per bag. Flatten boxes, cook from fresh ingridients (vegtibles and rice, for eg., have almost no packaging), and leave some packaging at home.

Beer still comes in bottles, but only a few a day. Bottled water is probably the largest portion of our waste, which is shear lazyness, I admit. Didn't take that to the Wind Rivers.
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I solved this problem by rebuilding our Westerbeke 30 to hook up to a trash macerator that then separates and fuses the material at an atomic level for use as a pollution free form of fuel. I can get about 150nm on a few beer cans and a half-eaten bologna sandwich.
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If you had room to take it in there is room to take it out.

First, as noted above, reduce the packaging at the dock before you leave.

A lot of things people throw away are clean, so can go back in storage -- boxes, bags, bottles, and some cans can be stowed back in the pantry or locker they came from. Those are most likely to be recycled where there is infrastructure for it.

Inshore, trash is mostly wet stuff (paper towels, coffee grounds), food debris, and plastic.

Offshore it's just plastic, as everything permissible under MARPOL goes over the side.

Janet and I generated one 8 gallon trash bag in a week around the Bay last year. You can do it if you give it some thought ahead of time.
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On land at home we, two of us, fill up a 13 gallon garbage bag in two weeks, on the boat we have a 5 gallon pail with a bag in it, that lasts us a week, we buy mostly in small bulk so there is minimal packaging, if it has a place on the boat full it has a place empty too. Remove as much of the flashy package as you can before you get to the boat. bottles and cans give a quick rinse then put them back where you store the full ones just upside down so you know whats what. get some good sissors and cut up plastic and cardboard into small pieces so they pack better,
And most fuel docks will take your garbage if your buying fuel from them.
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Offshore it's just plastic, as everything permissible under MARPOL goes over the side.
Thogh partially incorrect in stating MARPOL regs..however next time you sail through the Sargasso Sea you might change your mind after seeing the amount of plastic just floating around...

Plastics at SEA | North Atlantic Expedition | Sea Education Association (SEA)

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