Performing a Home Trash Audit is a great way to see where you currently are in the amount of waste produced in your kitchen.
The trash audit is a way for you and your family to identify exactly what is being wasted in the kitchen. By waste, we’re counting everything that is not consumed. This includes items going into the trash, down the disposal, in the recycle, and out to compost.
Why do a Trash Audit?
A Trash Audit will give you a clear picture of what you are wasting in your kitchen. It can be eye-opening to realize just how much is being thrown in the trash, recycle, and down the sink.
Even with the efforts we have been making in this, we still had a lot more waste than I was hoping. Once you know what you are throwing away, you can work on a plan to cut down on that waste.
What is a Trash Audit?
A Trash Audit is exactly what it sounds like. You are taking an audit of all of the trash that is made in the kitchen. There are a few ways to do this, some involve taking the garbage bag and emptying it to take account.
That sounds way too messy for me, not to mention gross. Emptying the garbage was not going to happen for me. So I found a better way.
Rather than going through the garbage after it’s thrown out, make a list of items as they are wasted. Then you can tally the results after a set amount of time.
How to do a Trash Audit
Using this method, a Trash Audit isn’t too hard, or gross. If you haven’t yet, sign up for the email list and Welcome Kit. There will be a printable file for your Home Trash Audit.
Print this out and put it near your kitchen trash can. We put ours on a clipboard with a pen attached and left it on the counter. Because it was right over the trash can, it was easy to remember to mark things down as we threw them in the garbage.
After you do the trash audit for one month, add all of your tally marks up to see what you threw away the most. This will give you a clear vision of exactly what produces the most waste in your kitchen.
If you want to see how you compare to others, enter your results here:
If you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter and to get your Welcome Kit, make sure to do right now. You’ll receive an email with your kit to get started reducing the waste in your kitchen. In this kit, there is a Trash Audit that you can print and keep near your kitchen trash can to mark off as you throw out anything.