Grant Minix and Michael Geltz are such good recyclers that their garbage company, Waste Management, gave them a $60 credit and six months' free service. Minix and Geltz take out a single bag of garbage once a month.
The waste-not ethic so evident inside the house has also been put to work outside it, where Minix and Geltz have built a happy, opportunistic garden from reclaimed materials. They estimate that 60 percent of their garden—plants, benches, ornaments, and so on—is material they personally recovered or recycled. The cost to renovate their entire lot, which is just under 6,000 square feet, was less than $5,000.