How much of your household waste is actually rubbish? There’s a big difference between waste and recyclable materials, but for the sake of convenience, a lot of Australians turn a blind eye to this and just throw anything and everything in their normal rubbish bin.
Anything from household batteries, ink cartridges, junk mail and disposable plates and cups can be recycled, but a lot of these items are simply thrown in normal kitchen rubbish bins until the filled bag is hauled out and collected by the council’s weekly rubbish collection services.
All the rubbish collected through these weekly services ends up in landfill. However, we could be significantly reducing Australia’s growing waste epidemic by recycling paper and cardboard, so it can be re-used and disposing of e-waste correctly.
With 2017 coming to a close and New Year’s resolutions on everyone’s minds, there’s no time like the present to start doing your part for the environment.
Here are five ways to make recycling at home easy!
Donate Your Old Clothing and Books
Any second-hand goods that are in good condition and can be re-used, like homewares, clothing and books can be taken to your local op-shop or put in charity collection bins. This way, the items you no longer need can get a second life.
However, if your goods are not in a good condition, avoid taking them to the op-shop, as second-hand stores waste a lot of their limited resources arranging to throw out thousands of donations each year, as people use their charity bins and donation centres as rubbish dumps.
Separate Your Household Waste into Rubbish, Green Waste, and Recyclable Goods
This is an easy and efficient way to make sure your household waste is ending up in the right place, and it won’t cost you a sent! Garden waste in your garden bin, recycling like soft drink bottles and cereal boxes in your recycling bin and everything else in your normal rubbish bin.
Be Vigilant When Disposing of Any E-Waste
Electronic waste is increasing exponentially in Australia; three times more than any other waste to be exact. Disposing of this sort of waste can seem like a hassle to homeowners, as it typically can’t be thrown in residential recycling bins. However, manufacturers are starting to make disposing of old electronic goods easier. For instance, many mobile phone stores offer recycling services for old phones, and TV and computer manufacturers and stores are also starting to jump on the bandwagon.
Invest in Re-usable Supermarket Bags
By mid-2018 this will be a no-brainer, as Australia’s major supermarkets have already vowed to eliminate single-use grocery bags by the end of the 2017/18 financial year.
However, by boycotting plastic bags and purchasing re-usable canvas bags now, you’ll be helping to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our waterways/oceans, and our landfills.
The average domestic rubbish bin is comprised of approximately 60 per cent organic material. This figure is primarily made up of food (40 per cent) and garden waste (20 per cent).
Garden waste, although usually biodegradable, still takes a long time to break down, which is why it can be harmful to the environment when it ends up in landfill. Always make sure you dispose of any garden waste in your garden collection bin, and start a compost collection for your food waste. If you don’t feel like you have enough food waste to merit a compost bin, even just using vegetable peels and things like apple cores, as fertiliser in your garden will help reduce the amount of food waste ending up in our overflowing landfills.
Alternatively, if you have a large amount of waste building up in and around your home, or are looking to do a big post-Christmas clean-up, contact Bulk Waste Collection today! We can arrange to deliver a skip bin that suits your needs. All you need to do is fill it, and we’ll take care of the rest!
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