The Clean Bin Project

Film Screening

Image result for the clean bin projectWhere:  Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church

When:    Saturday, March 7, 2020

Time:     Supper at 6:00, Film at 7:00

RSVP:  [email protected]

Come join us on Saturday, March 7th for a screening of the film The Clean Bin Project.  Watch the hilarity of a Canadian couple as each of them learns to be a different kind of consumer.  They will engage you in their lives as each of them learns to confine their landfill waste to a small bin stored under their kitchen sink.  While most of us are never going to meet their standard, we can still be inspired, and up our own game. You will laugh, and cringe, and celebrate with them.  And you might just walk away with a new conviction that you, too, can reduce your landfill burden.

According to the EPA, the average American produces a conservatively estimated 5.91 pounds of trash per day (about 42 pounds a week, 2,016 pounds per year). After 70 years, that’s about 141,120 pounds of trash.  Multiply that times the estimated U.S. population of 329.45 million, and you begin to see the problem.  Especially if one considers that a head of lettuce in a landfill can take 25 years to decompose.  Worse still, all those single use plastic bottles are essentially with us forever. Plastic never decomposes, it just breaks down into smaller particles and remains in the environment.  

Join us, during this Season of Nonviolence, to learn more about what happens to our trash, and how our daily decisions about what we discard is so important.  It matters not just because of its effect within our own community, but because it disproportionately affects some communities, particularly those who are disenfranchised. 

Waste reduction does not have to be a burden.  There are ways to be more accountable by making just a few small changes.  If you are willing to put in a little extra effort, there are even more possibilities for reducing your waste stream.


The Green Sanctuary and the Social Justice Committees are seeking families/households who will accept a 30-day waste reduction challenge.

Not sure how to begin? Come to the March 7th film night for ideas. The documentary provides an entertaining and engaging account of one couple’s year-long competition to reduce their waste output.

In general, participants will be expected to take before and after photos of their trash stream and encouraged to document any changes they make along the way. Even if you don’t want to participate in this challenge, you can still pay attention to what goes into your trash bin and find ways to reduce your overall trash stream. Over the coming weeks, additional suggestions will be announced.

Each team/household who participates in this challenge will be eligible for a drawing to win a family/group outing, as well as other prizes. The winner of the main drawing will be able to choose from several possibilities such as a Llama Trek, a River Tubing Adventure, an evening in a local corn maze, or a trip to the theatre. These are examples and may not be the exact trip you win. The exact outing will be chosen from a menu and details will be worked out in consultation with the winner.

Families/households that accept the challenge will be recognized at our AUUC Earth Day celebration, on April 19, when the drawing will take place.

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