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Man Saves Year’s Worth of Trash

Now this is an interesting idea! A man in California saved every piece of trash (except for food scraps as he composts those) that he generated in the last year and has them stored in bins in his apartment. The article says that he saved every tissue, bottle, scrap of paper that he used and that he hopes an artist will use it as some kind of art.
First I would like to commend him for only using that much trash! If I kept our trash for a year, then our house would be covered in trash bags, I feel pretty sure. I wonder about a couple of things. He kept every tissue…does that mean the ones he blew his nose on? Does that include what every paper products he used in the bathroom? Or how about napkins and paper towels. Forgive me, but that all seems like it would be pretty darn disgusting!
Also, he says he kept plastic bottles, but what about recycling? We, I am ashamed to say, generate large amounts of trash. We compost our food. We recycle mixed paper. We haven’t yet returned to recycling plastic, cans or glass because 1) in the country you have to go a bit out of you way to do that and 2) I don’t have the space to store three more recycling containers.
So how about you? Could you keep a year’s worth of trash in bins in your home, would that hold it all and would there be room left for you?

What Am I Missing in this Egg-cellent Solution

Researchers have learned that egg shells help produce hydrogen for fuel cells. Normally, carbon dioxide gas is given off, but with the egg shells thrown in, all that is exuded from the process is water vapor. So the process will cut down on green house gases.
At the end of the article it says this will keep eggshells from going to landfill, thereby saving the company money. Great! I am all over recycling.
But the paragraph before that it says, the eggshells will have to be buried to keep the carbon dioxide out of the air. Does that mean that the eggshells act as a sponge to the carbon dioxide and that if dumped in a landfill, the gases then ooze out? And if we still have to bury the eggshells, are we really getting ahead in this endeavor?