Performing a Home Trash Audit is a great way to see where you currently are in the amount of waste produced in your kitchen.
The trash audit is a way for you and your family to identify exactly what is being wasted in the kitchen. By waste, we’re counting everything that is not consumed. This includes items going into the trash, down the disposal, in the recycle, and out to compost.
We did this a few years ago when I started being more conscious of our waste. I was amazed at the numbers. Some things weren’t surprising while others were. I knew we didn’t use a lot of paper towels and paper products as that was something I had already cut out. But I didn’t realize we were still wasting so much food.
We used this information to change how we do a few things in the kitchen. We started to compost more consistently. I also save veggie scraps to make homemade vegetable broth. Then they are reused at least once more before becoming compost.
Originally Published On: September 16, 2018
Last Updated On: September 18, 2020
What is a Trash Audit?
A Trash Audit is exactly what it sounds like. You are taking an audit of all of the trash that is made in the kitchen. There are a few ways to do this. Some involve taking the garbage bag and emptying it to take account.
That sounds way too messy for me, not to mention gross. Emptying the garbage was not going to happen for me. So I found a better way.
Rather than going through the garbage after it’s thrown out, make a list of items as they are wasted. Then you can tally the results after a set amount of time.
Why should I do an Audit of my Trash?
An Audit will give you a clear picture of what you are wasting in your kitchen. It can be eye-opening to realize just how much is being thrown in the trash, recycle, and down the sink.
Even with the efforts we have been making in this, we still had a lot more waste than I was hoping. Once you know what you are throwing away, you can work on a plan to cut down on that waste.
How to do a Trash Audit
Using this method, an audit of your trash isn’t too hard, or gross. If you haven’t yet, sign up for the email list and Welcome Kit. There will be a printable file for your Home Trash Audit.
Print this out and put it near your kitchen trash can. We put ours on a clipboard with a pen attached and left it on the counter. Because it was right over the trash can, it was easy to remember to mark things down as we threw them in the garbage.
After you do the audit for one month, then add all of your tally marks up to see what you threw away the most. This will give you a clear vision of exactly what produces the most waste in your kitchen.
If you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter and to get your Welcome Kit, then make sure to do right now. You’ll receive an email with your kit to get started reducing the waste in your kitchen. In this kit, there is an audit form that you can print and keep near your kitchen trash can to mark off as you throw out anything.