How do you throw things away?
This probably seems like a silly question in a place where you have the option to stick them in a bag or bin and have them hauled off and handled for you, but (ecological impact aside) that doesn’t always feel like the right choice for everything.
It’s especially tricky with spell components. If I take down a witch’s ladder, I’d really hope I can give it a better end than dismantling it and tossing the string in the garbage. Sometimes this is necessary, or even desirable– there are some things that just feel like they should suffer the ignominy of being indifferently tossed away, you know?
Right now, I’m stuck in an area where my options for getting rid of things (be they spell components or apple cores) are pretty limited. I don’t have a garden, and there’s no place for me to compost or bury anything. In my tiny apartment, burning anything substantial is likely to end in disaster, soot stains, and annoyed neighbors. I’m near a park that my S.O. and I frequent, so I could leave things as offerings for the trees, but I’m firmly of the idea that you should leave places better than you found them (and bits of paper and string don’t fit into that for me). At the very least, venerating nature gives me an extremely difficult time leaving things in it– even when they’re biodegradable, and even when “nature” means a windowsill flower pot.
Over the years, this has informed a lot of how I practice. If I could, I’d dispose of all of my spell remnants by burning them; it’s cathartic, it’s clean, it’s fast, and it has a primal appeal for me. I end up substituting leaves for paper when I have to write things down, try to work as much magick into consumables like food and body care products as possible, use wool or cotton string, and anything that can possibly be reused (stones, bones, feathers, fabric) is thoroughly cleansed and saved. It means I keep my store of tools relatively small, but it works for me, my immediate area, and the smoke alarms I’m afraid of setting off.
How do you handle disposing of your spell remnants? If you don’t work magick, how does your faith, worldview, or life situation shape how you discard things?