Monday, May 7, 2007

Wealth through Garbage: Your Garbage Never Lies

Garbage men can spot a recession before some economists.

Landfills see shrinking deposits as the economy declines, because of a “double whammy” of people using things longer before throwing them away and postponing new purchases which means less product packaging in the trash.

Your garbage is your financial planner.

What is your garbage telling you? Is it filled with plastic “clamshells” and Styrofoam padding from all your new toys? Is it filled with single-serving food wrappings or, even worse, bulky prepared-food, disposable containers? How much waste does your garbage audit reveal?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . .

You will find that wiser spending correlates with less trash. Several curb-side trash barrels per week could indicate a problem. Aim for one barrel per month.

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