More ideas welcome! If you’re just looking for a quick and easy solution, skip to the end…
- Plastic water bottles with lids
These have a good resale value in markets so your house-helper may want them. If not, ask vendors on your street. Someone will want them!
- Or you can refill them with clean water and give them to talibé boys.
Magazines and newspapers
- Give fashion magazines to tailors to use with their clients choosing styles.
- Newspapers and magazines can be given to peanut vendors who fold and wrap the pages as packaging.
- You can also give magazines to schools or community centers for craft projects. (But first tear out pages that may have objectionable content for little eyes.)
- Sheep dinner! Follow the ‘baaaa!’ and offer the shepherd your boxes and such. They tear it up and mix it in with sheep food.
Glass bottles with screw on caps
- Offer these to your house-helper or give them to your nearest peanut vendor. You may be able to exchange your empty booze bottles for some free nuts. 😉
Glass jars with lids
- Mayo jars, pickle jars, any jars… These are reused easily so have a good resale value in markets, which means lots of people will want them! But start by offering them to your house-helper. #perksofthejob
Fruit and vegetables scraps
- Adopt a sheep! Make friends with a neighborhood ram by giving him your raw scraps and peelings. Just be sure to check with the owners first in case their sheep is on a special diet. (Don’t laugh – it’s a real thing around Tabaski time.)
- If you have a yard, you can also start a simple compost area.
The SIMPLE SOLUTION for all your other plastic, cans, bottles, etc…
Start using a two-trash-bag system in your house:
Bag #1 gets all your real garbage.
Bag #2 gets things that are reusable and/or salvageable. When you take out the trash, leave Bag #2 beside the trash bin so it can be easily found by those who come looking through garbage for items to recycle.