As I beginning gearing up for the episode on Principle 6: Produce No Waste, some of my time was spent browsing the web for a bit of inspiration. In the process I ran across the blog of Sustainable Dave. For the entire year of 2008, from January 1 to December 31, he collected and kept all of his personal trash and recycling in his basement so that he could face it and be forced to deal with it. In the end he was left with 30.5 lbs of waste that he considered trash. From browsing the rest of the list most of it, in one way or another, could be repaired, reused or recycled.
You can see his final numbers here:
Take some time to look around his site. The options he presents, from having continuing his site over the years, are numerous. You can also watch some videos of him on YouTube if you want.