Did you count?

partially complete plastic count tally chart
Tally chart pinned to the fridge

We did, for seven days most of the CJS Team diligently tallied up how much plastic they were throwing away and recycling.   We thought the dogs would account for most of ours but as it turned out they only generated eighteen bits of plastic, we did have a few more pieces than usual as we ran out of big items like salad cream (we use two bottles a year perhaps) and washing up liquid (one bottle a month) but there were plenty of 'regulars': yoghurt pots, bacon tray, trays from fruit and vegetable and their film lids creating a total of 60 for two adults and three dogs. 

left side yogurt pots, bottles, right side, dog food trays, treat bags
smiling young girl holding up a complete plastic count tally chart
Carla's little eco-warrior

Tracey and her partner had 74, Katie's family of five generated the most with 152; they have recently signed up (on a too good to miss offer) to one of the meal box schemes and the boxes generated a lot, Katie says: "If it had a sauce, there could be 8 tiny packets!" She says of the count: "it was good to do, it’s made me more aware of the packaging, reading the labels and seeing how much is actually recyclable (and what Ryedale district council will take) but I’m glad it was just for the week!" Carla's daughter got really involved with the count, turning into a "little eco-warrior" corresponding with recent research showing that children are helping to make their families more eco-friendly.  They generated 104, it would have been more but daddy was working away last week, Carla was slightly horrified to reach 35 by lunchtime on Tuesday having thought that might be around the week's total.

If you've not submitted your results there's still time. 

box filled with a variety of plastic waste