How low can you go in the waste limbo?
A friend of mine tried an experiment in college. He had everyone in his class carry around a plastic trash bag for a week. The rule was that any trash that was generated had to go in the bag, and the bag had to stay with the person 24/7. By the end of the week, everyone had lugged their trash around all day and night, to parties and classes and bed. As a result, everyone drastically reduced their trash generation and changed their habits. Only one thing had been different from all other weeks—the plastic bag gave immediate and continuous feedback to each person about the waste they were generating.
What if this was the norm in the world? What if we could no longer pay people to haul our waste away but had to deal with it ourselves, or sell it to others who were clever enough make use of it?
Why not try this at home? Choose a week where you and your family have to keep all the waste you generate that week. Put it somewhere prominent where you (and maybe your neighbors) will see it every day. We know that there is no away anymore, so why not be upfront about it? See what behavior changes you end up making in your purchases, recycling, and other habits. How low can you go in the waste limbo?