Monday, May 9, 2011

Outcome Metrics

I've been paying attention to how much trash and recycling gets put out each week.  It is what's called an Outcome Metric.  It's a result of living at our place each week.


This Outcome Metric has generally gotten smaller over the last few years.

I know you can't see the garbage, but essentially it fills the big bin up to about the level of the recycling bin. It's a couple of tall kitchen bags plus a week's worth of poo from three dogs.

Our garbage and recycling has gotten smaller because we've been more focused on the Driving Metrics.  As in being aware of the packaging when products are purchased.  The less we bring into the house means the less we have to send to Waste Management.

Certainly there are weeks where there is more of both garbage and recycling than this photo shows but overall I'm pleased with how we're doing so far.

3 comments:

Voie de Vie said...

That's pretty good for a working farm. I'm surprised, though - you can't compost the dog poo for fertilizer?

Kathryn Ray said...

@VdV - I am under the impression that dog poo is not good for composted fertilizer because they are not herbivores. However, I don't know for sure. I will do some research.

Halfpint said...

I think you are right about the compost, but you can get dog loos (http://www.petstuffgalore.co.uk/dog-products/dog-loo/clean-green-dog-loo.html?gclid=CI3ambbj3KgCFYEc4Qodaz4rAg). The poo goes in and is broken down by bacteria. Now if only you can get the dogs to sit on it :D