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Replacing Your White Goods: How to Dispose of Your Old Appliances

Posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Large appliances such as your fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, and oven, are known as white goods, and the process of disposing of them isn’t as easy as throwing out an old pair of ripped jeans. If you’ve decided to replace any of your white goods, then you need to know how to properly and safely get rid of the old ones.

 

Selling or Giving Away

If you’re replacing an appliance that is still in good working condition, you may not need to dispose of it at all. Depending on its condition, you may be able to sell it on websites such as Gumtree or Facebook. You never know what somebody else might be looking for.  (For Facebook, try searching “buy and sell + your city or suburb name”. Groups and pages dedicated to trading and selling are becoming very common!)

If your appliance is looking a bit worse for wear, or has a few minor faults but still works well enough, your next best option could be to simply give it away for free. This benefits everyone involved, as you could be giving a helping hand to someone in need and it means you no longer have to deal with getting it removed properly. At worst, you might just have to be the one to drop it off to its new owner.

 

Talk to the Manufacturer

For some appliances, the original manufacturer will be happy to pick up their old wares once your new appliance has been delivered. They may charge you a small fee for the service, but you’ll be left with the peace of mind that your old appliance will be in safe hands. Most companies have an obligation to dispose of their old machines responsibly, so make sure you ask beforehand what their process of disposal is.

 

Contact the Council

Your council may have specific rules and regulations in place when it comes to the disposal of white goods. In order to avoid running into any trouble or breaking any local laws, make a point of contacting your council and talking to them about any rules that they may enforce when it comes to recycling.

 

In a best case scenario, you might discover that they offer a service that will dispose of your old goods for you, so it doesn’t hurt to give them a call!

 

Is It Valuable to Others?

Some people make a living out of salvaging useful materials out of scrap metal. Search around online to see if there is anyone in your area who could make good use out of your old appliance. If you’re not able to sell your machine on or donate it to a charity, passing it onto a metal recycler lets you know that your machine isn’t going to waste.

 

Don’t Lump It In

When it comes to kitchen renovations, some skip bin hire companies allow white goods to be included, while others don’t. At Bonza Bins, we allow white goods to be put in with kitchen renovation waste. Once your bin reaches the transfer station, your white goods are sent to metal recycling, and any fridges are de-gassed to ensure safety.

 

Think About the Future

If you’re disposing of old appliances, that can only mean that you’re replacing them with newer models. While you’re shopping for your upgrade, make a point of looking for environmentally friendly options that have long warranties and a history of good service. The less white goods you have to dispose of in your lifetime, the better your impact on the world around you.

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Getting Your Home and Garden Ready for Winter

Posted on Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Whether you’re expecting guests or you’re simply gearing up for a much needed clear out, the winter months are a great time to spend some quality time with your home and garden. While the heat of summer had us basking on beaches and never going a weekend without an invitation to a barbeque, the cooler months may find you preferring to snuggle up inside.

This isn’t a bad thing, of course, but it does mean that you’ll be seeing an awful lot more of the inside of your home. So, what can you do to prepare yourself and your home for winter?

Look the Part

If cosy is your aim, you might not achieve it with hard floors, bright white walls, and monochromatic furniture. Minimalist decor certainly packs in style, but style and comfort aren’t always the same.

To make your home look the part for winter and add some warmth to your rooms, invest in some thick, woollen blankets, patterned rugs, and plush cushions. Not only will they give your living areas a homely, welcoming feel, but they’ll also go a long way when you want to keep your feet warm in the evening.

Darker colours such as deep reds and blues are the perfect colours for injecting warmth into your home, so pack away the yellow and pink accessories until summer rolls back around.

Consider Indoor Renovations

If there are areas of your home that your mind has been avoiding over summer, not wanting to waste the sun spending time on indoor renovations, now is the time to tackle them head on. Whether you have a big project in the works, such as fitting a new kitchen or installing new floors, or it’s something on a smaller scale, such as re-decorating the laundry room, winter is the perfect time to renovation and re-decorate.

For the small scale projects, a bit of forward planning can go a long way. Sitting down in the morning and writing a list of what you want to do, what you need to be able to do it, and any important measurements can mean that your entire project is done by the evening.

Flex Your DIY Fingers

You’re no longer spending your weekends at summer markets and the weather no longer permits evening picnics on the beach – so what are you supposed to do with all of your newfound free time?

If you’re the DIY type, there are literally thousands of things for you to do. Whether it’s reupholstering existing furniture and accessories to fit in with your winter theme or artfully arranging spray-painted logs to give off the impression of a homely wood fire, the possibilities are endless. A quick browse through Google or search on Pinterest will turn up more results than you can count, and your winter evenings will be filled to the brim with projects galore.

Stock Your Cupboards

No, not because there’s a big storm coming and you’re going to need the supplies. This is still Australia we’re talking about. Stock your cupboards full with the things you like the most and challenge yourself to create recipes that are both warming and wonderful. Whether it’s pumpkin and mushroom soup or cinnamon-infused gingerbread cupcakes, there’s no limit to what you can create.

Not to mention that nothing makes a home smell better than food in the oven.

Organise a Big Clean

We know it sounds boring, but winter is one of the best times to make decisions on what you do and do not need. The spare chairs that you always end up bringing out at Christmas can stay, whereas the suitcase with the dodgy wheel and loose handle might benefit from a trip to the rubbish bin.

Dedicating a weekend to sorting through your possessions and discarding those items you really don’t need might seem dull at the time, but afterwards, you’ll be left with more space and a sense of calm. Doesn’t it feel good to be productive?

 

If you’ve got any renovations coming up in the winter months and are looking for skip bin hire in Perth, contact Bonza Bins today to find out what we can do for you.

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Do You Need a Skip Bin?

Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

It’s a yes or no question, but it’s one that not everyone knows the answer to. There are several factors that come into the decision of whether or not to hire a skip bin, and it can leave homeowners wondering whether they actually require one, or whether they can do the work themselves.

In order to help you along in the process of decided, we’ve put together some of the top reasons you might need a skip bin, and how to know whether or not you should hire one.

Home Renovations

One of the top reasons people decide to hire a skip bin is because they are renovating their homes. Often, the amount of waste created from removing old appliances, flooring, pipes, etc. combined with the packaging that needs to be thrown away once the new items are delivered is too much for people to deal with on their own. As a result, they find it easier to hire a skip bin, making it easy for them to have all of their rubbish and debris in one place, ready to be collected and removed at a time that’s convenient for them.

No Hassle

Whether you’re renovating your home or putting on a large event, there is enough stress involved without having to consider the clean up afterwards. Skip bins make it easy to remove every scrap of waste with absolutely no hassle or inconvenience to you. All you need to do is place the rubbish in the bin, and then it is out of your hands. The skip bin team will take the waste from you at the agreed upon time, and you’ll never have to worry about it again.

Environmentally Conscious

Helping out the environment has never been easier – with skip bins, your waste will be sorted by the team and deposited in the right place, meaning you won’t have to stand with a bottle in your hand, wondering whether or not it should go into recycling. Once your skip bin has been removed, you can rest at ease that you’ve put your waste in the hands of people who are dedicated to responsible disposal.

Cost Effective

If you know you have a large amount of waste to dispose of, it’s likely that hiring a skip bin will be the most cost effective way of having it removed. You can tailor the size (and therefore the price) of your bin to your requirements, and everything is settled in one quick payment. The alternative of relying on hiring daily rubbish pick up is a cost that can quickly add up.

Is Hiring a Skip Bin the Right Choice for You?

The only person who knows for sure whether or not the require a skip bin is you, but even if you’re unsure, we’re here to give you advice and help you make a decision that’s right for you.

 

To talk to one of our team about our skip bin hire services in Perth, visit our website or call us today on 0893317271.

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The Best Time of the Year for Renovations

Posted on Monday, May 15th, 2017

When it comes to home renovations, getting started isn’t always easy. You might have an idea of what your perfect home looks like in your mind, but no idea how to get there. You might know everything that needs doing, right down to the last detail, but just have no idea where to start. Or you might not have a clue what’s best for you home at all, and be relying on the advice of professionals to guide you along.

Whatever the case, home renovations can be stressful, no matter how well you’ve planned, and one of the most stressful parts is knowing when to begin.

For the most part, any renovations can be undertaken at any time of the year, but there are certain climates that contribute to making the job just a little bit easier.

Winter Months

As the middle of the year creeps toward us and the weather starts to cool off a bit, the prime climate for outdoor renovations appears. The colder, dry air and the harder ground makes it easier to dig into the ground and set down strong foundations for expanding your home, whereas the humid air of the warmer months makes it more difficult.

Spring Months

When the cold weather begins to drop away and the sun starts to shine a bit more, it’s a great time to consider any outdoor renovations. Having decks or patios installed can take time, and getting them ready before summer hits has the dual benefit of ensuring the builders are not toiling away in the heat, and knowing that your outdoor area will be ready for you to relax on all summer long.

Other outdoor renovations such as barbeque pits and swimming pools can also be fitted during the spring time, ready to make your summer even more amazing.

Summer Months

In Australia, the weather isn’t shy about letting you know when summer has arrived. The hot weather can make working outside almost unbearable, which makes indoor renovations the best for the hotter months.

Bathroom and kitchen renovation are particularly popular during these months, and if you’re lucky enough to be going on holiday, scheduling your renovation for the same time could mean that you avoid the trouble of living in a building site, and return from your holiday to a brand new kitchen, bathroom, or living area.

Autumn Months

Many people insist that the autumn months are the best time of the year to have any renovation work done, as the weather is the perfect balance between too hot and too cold. Much like spring, it is a great time to have outdoor work completed, although places that have high chances of rain throughout autumn may want to be careful about having extensions and foundations fitted during this time.

When Is the Best Time for You?

All the advice in the world about the best time to renovate your home is useless if you yourself aren’t ready. One of the most important things you can do when it comes to renovation and DIY is to do your research thoroughly. Finding out how much it’s going to cost, what materials you’re going to need, and which contractors you want to complete the job are just the first steps.

Having your kitchen renovated in summer might seem like a great idea, but if you’re not ready for it, it will only cause you stress and trouble.

 

If you have renovations coming up and would like to hire a skip bin in Perth, contact Bonza Bins today.

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