Two very different stories about garbage showed up in my news feed recently -- presenting starkly different pictures of the trash habits of Canadians.
"Canadians piling up more garbage than ever" read the first headline.
The story beneath it was that Canadian households generated seven per cent more trash in 2012 than they did in 2004. In fact, we produce more trash per capita than anyone else in the world -- about 780 kilograms per year for every man, woman and child. Yuck.
The reason? It seems we can't get enough of convenient, disposable products that are either unrecyclable or uncompostable in the first place, or are such a mix of materials that they are impossible to separate and therefore impossible to recycle or compost.