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A guide to recycling or repurposing your old electronics

Posted on Monday, July 26th, 2021

It’s no hidden fact that we are constantly glued to our devices – laptops, tablets, TV’s and most of all – our phones. It is estimated that in 2021, around 1.5 billion mobile phones will be shipped. That averages out to be 1 for every 5 people.

Unless they are traded in for a new device, each of those devices will eventually run their lifespan and become electronic waste. The most recent figures from the ABS show that the Australian economy generated 465,818 tonnes of e-waste in 2016-2017 with 253,507 tonnes (54.4%) ending up in landfill. 

Electronics can contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium which must be disposed of carefully. Many of the materials used in making these products can be recovered and reused, including plastics, glass, metals and aluminum. No matter what, make sure you completely erase all your personal info off your devices. Here’s a few steps on how to safely recycle your electronics. 

Donate it:

If your used device still works, or even if it doesn’t – there are charities and nonprofits out there that would be happy to take it off your hands. You can check with local organizations, charities and recreation centers. 

Recycle it:

Many phone shops offer recycling programs for used or broken phones. Alternatively, If you’re looking to upgrade your phone, you can look at trading in your old device  and using a credit towards getting a new one.

Repair it:

With devices being inexpensive and so easy to upgrade, with new things releasing every day we often don’t think about repairs. Lot’s of things can be repaired, you can search for local repair shops in your areas and help out a small business.

Repurpose it:

There’s definitely money to be made by selling devices that aren’t so old on sites like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. If you have family or friends who love to repurpose old gadgets to create something new, it might be worth donating those older devices to them for an upcoming project.

Depending on what you choose to do with your old devices, whether you donate, recycle or repurpose. Safely disposing of your electronic waste is very important. For most other types of waste, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Fremantle. If you have any questions, contact us!

 

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What happens to our recycling after we throw it away?

Posted on Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Australians generate over 67 million tonnes of waste each year. Of that number, 54 million tonnes is referred to as “core waste” and is dealt with by the waste and resource recovery industry. After we toss our rubbish in the trash and it gets collected, we don’t give much thought onto what happens next. Where your recycling ends up depends on what kind of material it is. Broken glass, food, plastic bags, rubbish and liquids increase the chance of the material being sent to landfill. 

While efforts made to recycle have improved over the years with our consumption of plastic materials constantly increasing. It’s more important than ever that we work on reducing the amount of waste that makes it to landfill.

Where does it all go?

A large amount of waste – roughly 6.7 million tonnes is organic waste from food and gardening scraps. These create methane-rich greenhouse gases as they decompose. Only 2 percent of our waste is converted into energy.

It’s estimated that about 130,000 tonnes of Australian plastic ends up in waterways and oceans each year. The three main ways in our waterways, according to WWF, are littering, products like wet wipes being flushed and plastic flying away from landfill processing.

What’s the recycling process like?

There are a few steps before recycling to prepare for what is called “manufacture ready”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kerbside recycling is first taken by a rubbish truck to a material recovery facility.
(ABC News: Andrew Harrison)

It’s then sorted into different streams, and often sorted again into sub-categories. With plastic, that’s where those little numbers on the packaging come in. (ABC News: Andrew Harrison)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic is then shredded, granulated, washed, dried, decontaminated and finally made into pellets that can be used in manufacturing.
ABC News: Andrew Harrison)

Most of Australia’s metal gets recycled, but other materials don’t have the same fate. A large portion of our plastic is sent straight to landfill — often due to the way plastic creeps into so much packaging. (ABC News: Andrew Harrison)

Most of the time, even when your recycling is placed in the right bin – a lot of it is unusable due to contamination. Broken glass, plastic bags, waste, food and liquids all increase the chances of the materials being sent to landfill. Things like plastic-lined paper, tissues and glassware often don’t make the cut. 

While we work on educating ourselves and those around us on the proper way to recycle, we still need to dispose of our waste. Skip bins are a great way to dispose of your household waste in a safe manner, anything from green waste to construction scraps. Bonza Bins will gladly help you out, need more info? Contact us.

 

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A Guide To: Recycling & Waste Symbols

Posted on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

The guidance around what can or can’t go into the recycling bin can be confusing at best. During the lockdown, Australia had seen a massive increase in general household rubbish and waste disposal. We have seen an influx of more online shopping, home renovations, and general household waste from more people staying at home.

Australian’s are known to produce 540kg of household waste per person each year. As a result, we are generating 670 million tonnes of waste each year as a country. However, only 37% of this amount is actually being properly recycled. Despite the increased awareness over the years, you might be surprised at how much of our waste is actually being recycled. Here’s our handy guide on how to recognize recycling and waste symbols.

The Mobius Loop


The most recognizable symbol of them all is the Mobius Loop. It’s safe to say all items with this symbol are recyclable. However, before you toss your item into the trash it doesn’t guarantee the item will be accepted by your local authority. It only means that the item can be recycled. Keep scanning the product’s label or check in with your local authority to confirm. 

Helpful hint: If a percentage appears in the middle of the Mobius Loop, this tells you how much of the product is made from recycled materials. 

Glass


This symbol is a reminder to recycle in the glass container. Be sure to
check if you must separate by colours.
Helpful hint: Glass produced from recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20% and related water pollution by 50%.

 

Aluminum


This represents packaging made from recyclable aluminium that can be recycled again.
Helpful Hint: Recycling steel and aluminium saves up to 95% of the energy required to produce metals from raw material.

 

Plastic Resin Codes


These codes represent the type of plastic an item is made from and are
not a reference to whether it is recyclable or not. Local authorities tend to not ask you to recycle your plastic by resin codes. If you are unsure, check with your local council.

Electrical Waste

This means do not dispose of electrical items in your general waste. There are various organisations and channels that will recycle electrical waste. The best point of contact is your local authority.

 

Helpful Hints:

Paper and Card

  • Remove any plastic film or wrapping from paper packaging. 
  • Scrunch paper if it doesn’t spring back open then it’s recyclable.

Glass

  • Empty and rinse, avoid contaminating other recycling.
  • Remove corks from bottles and compost them if you can!

Aluminium

  • Scrunching kitchen foil, tub and pot lids and wrappers together into a ball shape helps recycling centres.  
  • If a wrapper springs back open, it’s plastic not aluminium. 

Electrical waste

  • If your electrical goods have a plug, use a charger, or a battery? Then it’s good to go to the recycling tip! 
  • Remember to look out for the recycling symbol for a stamp of approval before buying.
  • Bring your broken electrical goods back to life by repairing them but buy smart in the first place to guarantee longer lifespan.

Batteries

  • Use rechargeable batteries or connect products to the mains. Estimations calculate Australians create 3,300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste a year, and that figure grows by 20% every year
  • Choose products powered by renewable energy such as solar lamps or dynamo bicycle lights.

Plastics

  • Make unavoidable plastic purchases in bulk to cut down on packaging. 
  • Empty, rinse, and squash bottles but leave lids and labels on unless told otherwise.

Find out about your local waste management system as they vary. Work on educating those around you on how to properly reduce, reuse and recycle. If you are looking to dispose of excess household waste after property renovations check out Bonza Bins skip bin hire. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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Upcycling Ideas for Kids

Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2021

Most of us want to help the environment by recycling as much as we can. Australian’s are known to produce 540kg of household waste per person, each year. As a result, the country is generating an estimated 67 million tonnes of waste, but only 37% is being recycled. Below are some ways to get your kids involved in upcycling, and let them turn their waste into a fun creative project. 

 

Tin can planters 

This amazing idea to upcycle your tin cans and turn them into planters. You can have the kids decorate these however they want, and then plant their favourite flower. 

Tin can planters

DIY Bird Houses

Don’t toss out your empty cartons, reuse them to create these cute bird planters which your kids can decorate with their favourite paints and colours.

DIY Bird Houses

Stained Glass Jars

If you’ve reused all your old pasta jars but they keep piling up, you can get the kids involved in this fun activity. Colour in your old glass jars with sharpies, these can be reused as pencil holders. 

Stained Glass Jars

DIY Cardboard Playhouse

If you’ve got extra cardboard laying around the house, this DIY playhouse is the perfect upcycling hack. The kids can decorate it however they want, and it’ll make playtime more entertaining.

DIY Cardboard Playhouse

Bubble Refill Station
Reuse your old detergent bottles and create this fun bubble refill station for the kids to play with.

Bubble Refill Station

We can all make a difference with our waste management, even if you follow a few of the upcycling ideas above. At Bonza Bins we make rubbish removal easy. We accept almost any kind of waste and we have skip bins of any size to cater to your needs. For more information about our services, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Armadale and the Southern Suburbs.

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