Weekend Waste Diary with Mason

About This Series

This blog series provides readers with a chance to catch a glimpse in the life of a zero-waste lifestyle supporter. It documents the daily weekend activities of the blogger, as he/she generates waste from Friday to Sunday. Readers will be able to put their feet into someone else’s shoes through this blog series, and hopefully learn some good waste management tips for them to practice at home as well. These bloggers have experience in working with waste diversion and understand the concept of zero-waste quite well.

Let’s see how this weekend’s blogger will do!

Meet Mason

Mason is a Rochester local studying at College of Wooster in Ohio. He has returned to Rochester for the summer to intern with Impact Earth and has jumped right into the whole experience!



5:30 pm- I get off work and finish another week with Impact Earth and decide to treat myself, and support my favorite and most expensive hobby, vinyl records. I head over to Record Archive, one of my favorite places in Rochester, and start browsing their selection for what I promise myself will be the last time for at least a month. I always feel like I could spend days here, but only have like an hour and a half to kill, so I pick just one album and head out before I decide to buy the whole store. I make sure to tell the cashier I don’t need a bag, but they give me a paper cover so the album doesn’t get dirty on the way home. Unfortunately, I bought it new instead of used, so it comes wrapped in plastic that will have to go in the landfill.

9:00 pm- Game four of the NBA finals is tonight. I haven’t been interested since my team (go Lakers) got knocked out of the playoffs before they started, but I’ll never pass up an opportunity to watch Kevin Durant lose, even if he isn’t playing. I grab some clementines from the kitchen as a snack, settle in for a good game. I power through those clementines pretty quickly, and am left with just the peels, nature’s original zero waste packaging. I put them aside to be composted later.

Friday Waste

COMPOST: Orange peels

RECYCLE: Paper bag

LANDFILL: Plastic Film


9:00 am- I wake up way earlier than I want to, but it’s okay because it’s an ultimate frisbee day! A local women’s team organized a one day, random team tournament, so I signed up for it awhile back. I pack my bag with cleats and some extra shirts, fill up my reusable water bottle, and drive to the field. It’s gonna be a hot one, so I make sure to throw some ice in there as well. I didn’t pack any snacks, but there are some provided when I get to the field. A lot of them come in plastic bags or containers, which all likely have to go into a landfill, but they are serving a lot of people, which I guess is better than if everyone brought their own snacks.

3:45 pm- Four games and quite a few sunburns later, and I have managed to successfully ride the coattails of my fantastic teammates to a tournament championship. I drive away feeling good about how I played, but also exhausted, and really hungry. Fortunately, there’s a Dibella’s on my way home, so I stop there and grab a sandwich. All of the wraps and packaging that it comes with is paper, so I can compost or recycle them when I’m done.


6:00 pm- The touring production of the musical The Waitress, is coming through Rochester, and my mom got tickets for the show tonight. However this means that there isn’t much time to eat dinner, so we get some burritos and eat them quickly. Ah tortillas, nature’s second zero waste packaging (right after orange peels). There isn’t much food scrap left over, so I clean up dinner by throwing the tin foil the burritos were wrapped in into the recycling, along with the paper bags they came in.

9:30- The first act of The Waitress is fantastic, but playing frisbee in the sun all day still has my feeling pretty dehydrated. I head over to the bar to get some water, but the line is way too long for me. Fortunately, there is a drinking fountain just down the hall. I choose to use this instead, because it saved plastic, money, and time. Fully hydrated for now, I head back to my seat to enjoy the second act.

Saturday Waste

REUSE: Water bottle

RECYCLE: paper bags and tinfoil


9:00 am- I head into the Impact Earth offices this morning to help out Robert in the organics department (#nodaysoff). Our first stop is to the Brighton Farmers Market, to drop off some extra buckets for the compost service. No trip to the Brighton Farmers Market is ever complete without stopping at Le Petit Poutine food truck, so I grab some food before we go on our next run. All of the packaging is compostable, so I can throw it into one of the organics toters that we dropped off at the market.

1:00 pm- Robert and I head out to drop off some full toters at the farm, and I snack on two oranges on the way. When we get there, I toss my orange peels (nature’s original zero waste packaging) straight into the compost piles. The heat has us pretty tired, so on the way back, we stop at a gas station for some drinks and snacks. Unfortunately, I forgot my reusable water bottle today (*cue Game of Thrones shame bell lady*), so I buy a bottle of Gatorade that I’ll recycle later.

2:30 pm- We’re in the home stretch now- all we have left to do is drop off some full organics buckets and supplies from the Brighton Farmers Market at the office. I grab an apple as a snack and toss the core into one of the organics buckets once I am done with it.

Sunday Waste

COMPOST: Orange peels, poutine packaging, apple core

RECYCLE: plastic bottle


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