In 2006, Ari Derfel decided that he would save all - and he meant all - of his trash for one year, to see if he could do something to generate less trash in his daily life.
In October 2006 I had dinner with three friends, Vince, Carolyn and Britt. While sitting in my living room eating a delicious, local, organic meal (we are all foodies with remarkable culinary talents) the topic of trash came up in conversation. To be honest, I don’t remember how it came up or how it meandered its way to the concept of me attempting to save my trash for a year. Needless to say, it did. Two months later, on December 4, 2006, I started saving it in the closet of my kitchen.
My original goal was to get two 96 gallon bins from the local waste management company. They quickly informed me that it was illegal to keep trash in bins and not have it removed regularly. Gotta love the law!! I decided to simply keep it in my closet, and instead of stuffing it into two bins I decided to organize it by type, so it could be seen, felt and understood more clearly.
I have accomplished the goal with 99.9% accuracy. I have kept all of my trash, per the rules I set for myself, for 1 year.
Link (Ari has a FAQ page which is quite fun to read)