Post A: One Day Waste Audit

A twenty four hour waste audit of a typical Thursday. Thursdays are generally my days off spent at home. This allows me more time to enjoy three proper meals throughout the day, as well as go grocery shopping. In this post we explore the foods I’ve consumed for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with the waste that is collected at the end of the day.

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As illustrated in the image above, a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea were consumed for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and a quick and easy spaghetti bolognese for dinner. My partner and I both have a habit of preparing and cooking meals for each other. We generally make larger portions, which can also serve as lunch or dinner the following day. By doing this, we are able to reduce the use of gas, electricity and water.


I have categorised the waste from this day into two, general waste and recyclables. Within the general waste category is a tea bag, a styrofoam plate and glad wrap from the beef mince, seeds of capsicums and the plastic packaging of the spaghetti. In the recyclables is a cereal box, milk carton and a glass jar from the pasta sauce. Due to living in an apartment complex located in the heart of Sydney, we do not have an organics waste bin, which is why we have to combine our organic waste with our general waste.

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