Date: 6 May 2018. Garbage Containers.
Aboard Seaweed refuse is a
concern. Because I am in a tidal area where water flow is good,
disposing of garbage over the side is one solution. That said,
no trash is ever tossed overboard. The only things I do feed the
fish are edibles that sink. For items such as orange peels I made a
cool container. By repurposing and recycling items I already had
onboard I saved money too.
Garbage is defined
as something that smells bad when it rots.
My concerns were twofold. Primarily I worry about bugs. I have
previously fought roaches and that is not fun. When anchored out,
having to bring trash to shore is a given. Containing my trash
separate from the smelly stuff satisfies my organizational
Not all anchorages have a convenient place ashore to
dispose of trash and garbage.
Aboard our 40'er, when we were
away from civilization for extended periods of time we would burn
our trash. Daddy welded a stainless container with holes near the
bottom and a mesh top so ashes wouldn't fly away.
If I spot
something that would work as the metal bucket daddy made, I'll buy
it in a heartbeat. It really was a convenient and easy way to get
rid of trash. Of course then I will have to figure out a safe way to
hang said container off Seaweed.
Every single Good
Idea has ramifications.
Dealing with the consequences of
Good Ideas can take the wind right out of my sails. Fortitude and
determination does win in the end though. I wish I had a dollar for
every good idea that bit me on the transom before the project was
Friends Bear and his son Drew made
a trash run. They took mine with them to shore. Thanks again fellas.
As for trash, here's what I
do: When visiting laundry rooms in marinas I look for empty
detergent bottles. I bring them home "as is." That means I do not
wash out the containers. The smells are pleasant to me. The leftover
scent helps keep the trash smelling fresh too.
The spout part found in some
detergent bottles can be removed
leaving a wide opening in the top. The plastic bottles become a
wonderful container for trash. I can cram a lot of refuse into a
Tide bottle after I take out the spout. I tear items into smaller bits
too. The handle of my hammer helps me pack the refuse down.
Spout Removal Tip: Simply use a
serrated knife and cut off the spout. The plastic is soft and easy
You will be surprised how heavy a
detergent bottle can be when crammed full of trash. What I like best
is that it is nondescript. I have never had anyone object to me
disposing of a laundry detergent bottle. It is compact.
I reuse empty produce bags for garbage too. A knot in the top seals
the bag with smells inside.
Keeping a droopy bag around is not
neat and tidy. I wanted a way to hold the bag open at the top. For
that I cut the top off an empty A&W Root Beer bottle.
Diet A&W root beer is my favorite summertime treat.
Then I put the produce bag inside the empty root beer bottle. A leftover
string secures it neatly.
I wanted a place to keep my onion skins, orange peels and wet tea
bags. Now I have it. Should there become an odor, I'll tie off the
bag and add it to the laundry detergent trash bottle.
This garbage container sits under the oil lantern I have on the
bookcase by my sink. Before I figured out why the lantern leaked,
the container also caught oil that oozed up the wick.
The root beer bottle was cut to fit
under the oil lantern bolted to my bookcase.
In my galley I have both a 12-volt pressure system
and a hand pump for fresh water.
The Whale hand pump leaks. Repair kits are nearly as expensive as
new units. Argh!
Side Note: Walmart sells for about
$3 a box with 100 gallon-sized plastic bags. These are found near
the Saran wrap and Zip-loc baggies. They are usually on the bottom
shelf. Designed to be closed with a twist tie, I find the
gallon-sized bags quite handy. They are a permanent part of the
supplies kept aboard Seaweed.
I can cover a plate in the refrigerator with
the bags. There is always one in my purse. Several times I have
brought home leftovers from a restaurant in these bags. Because they
are less sturdy than gallon size freezer bags washing them out does
not work well. The bags often have their final use in my root
beer bottle garbage container.
For me the combination of empty
detergent bottles and my bag-lined container for smelly garbage works well.
To you and yours, happy boating.
Do you separate your trash from the garbage when your
Where do you store your trash between trips to the garbage dumpster?
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