Zero waste is kind of the newest â€˜El Doradoâ€™ â€“ land fills are filling up fast, no one wants one (or anything else practical like an oil refinery, nuclear power plant, etc.) in their back yard, the ever growing island of plastics out in the Pacific Ocean is a significant concern, and almost all consumer products are getting more expensive.
I know some places in Golden charge to have recycling picked up â€“ and this will probably change in the near future â€“ but if that is what really has you against being â€œgreenâ€ then there is not much I can do for you other than this: there are several places in Golden where you can drop off your recyclables for free:
-King Soopers on S. Golden Rd.
-White Ranch/Golden Gate Park entry road (just outside of town, heading North in 93)
So, for me recycling in easy, all you have to do is divert the waste. Make piles or arrange some boxes and you are set (most of Golden and Mines implement single stream, but in some cases aluminum cans are a source of revenue). But then there is all that other stuff that fills the trash bags and makes that awful smellâ€¦
Nature has a handy solution for that too. Out in a world without municipal waste collection, things decompose and often become nutrients for new food plants. Composting is really easy, depending on how fast you want soil out of the pile. I think the easiest (although I must admit that I havenâ€™t yet made it a reality at my momâ€™s new place) is to get a trashcan and either cut out the bottom or throw some dirt in it. Then you are essentially set for composting â€“ just add food scraps, and all of them will pretty much decompose, given enough time. A key, sort of an inside secret, is that you need to add as much â€œyellow/brownâ€ stuff as you do â€œgreenâ€ stuff. Green stuff is fresh food scraps, brown/yellow stuff is leaves, dry grass clippings, branches, etc. It may not be easy for everyone to make a system, but there is probably a neighbor that can help you on you way to becoming â€œzero-wasteâ€
And as a side note, I personally reuse all sorts of things and often prefer to find new uses for old things, esp. random Christmas giftsâ€¦. Good luck!