Are you worried that your monthly outgoings may increase with the introduction of the new pay by weight rubbish collection service that comes into effect this summer?
Well fear not, one creative individual has come up with an interesting method to help avoid the costs.
Stephen Cusack, an unemployed musician from Dun Laoghaire, turned the new charges into a challenge to become more economical.
Rather than pay for the increased weight, or separate out his rubbish from his recyclable material, Cusack just kept a large part of his waste and lived in it.
It was actually great, I don’t ever need to wash my floors, I just put down more papers on top of each other. After a while it got really soft and crunchy, it was lovely. It also acts as great soundproofing so I can work on my music, it really improves the acoustics.
The 42 year old went on to say:
I’ve put most of the food packaging and things like that into the attic – It’s actually saving me a fortune in heating bills. The insulation you get from gone off bread and soggy tea bags is surprising. I’d say the tog value of the tea bags is at least a 13.5. It’s great.
Not only is he saving money on heating and insulation, it’s also opened up a new business venture for him that’s earning him money.
He’s moved into the animal feed market and it’s proving to be a lucrative venture:
Yea, once the maggots came, I thought – this is great, I can sell them as feed for people with birds and stuff. The mice are a real earner too, I’ve loads of reptile owners that are going mad for them. So it’s really been a huge blessing. I’ve never been better off.
With the new bin charges rolling out nationally in the summer of 2016, Cusack is hoping that his story will inspire others to be more creative with their waste and to think more about what they are throwing out.
He claims that “people could be throwing out the next big earner that they’ve been waiting for” and that people should try it out anyway, because with the ever increasing amount of taxes and charges coming down the line, you’ll probably be forced to live in your own filth anyway.