I have long been a fan of Flylady, who recommends one does not get caught up in the guilt of recycling until one has one’s act together, i.e. is flying.
Well, the South Oxfordshire County Council was having none of this and limited us to one wheelie bin of trash every TWO weeks. So the non-recycling Mathiases had to become recyclers.
It was not easy in the beginning. Our black bags were constantly protruding well over the limits of the wheelie bin, being shredded by magpie, and mice, as were the black bags around the wheelie bin, which the good-natured Council workers finally stopped clearing.
So we took a trip to the tip to get us caught up. And now, every week, we become more focused recyclers. Have a special trash can for recycling upstairs and downstairs. Recycle more and more. The green wheelie bin is now full with several boxes beside it to be cleared (they will pick up infinite recycling, but not infinite trash). And our trash, most fortnights, fits in our black bin.