I have three options right now:
- Continue to buy plastic garbage bags
- Buy biodegradable plastic bags, which will take many, many years to decompose in an airtight landfill
- Start vermiculture composting so that I can use paper bags for the garbage that doesn't go in the bin
I do want to compost, though. I guess I'm just scared.
In order to recycle in my Chicago ward, you have to put recyclable items into blue plastic bags. But I HAVE to recycle, so I guess that means I won't be able to totally avoid plastic garbage bags no matter what I do.
Fortunately, the city of Chicago is planning to adopt a new Blue Cart Program, but unfortunately, it's been delayed until July 2008. Once the program is in place in my neighborhood, I won't have to use blue plastic bags anymore. I can't wait.