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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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Surprisingly Recyclable vs Non-recyclable Household Items

Surprisingly Recyclable vs Non-recyclable Household Items

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2021

The term “reduce, reuse, recycle” was popularised during the environmental movement in the 1970’s and has never been more relevant. However, there is some confusion around what can and can’t be recycled. Here’s a list of surprisingly recyclable vs non-recyclable household items. 

 

Recyclable Items:

  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • Paper grocery bags 
  • Paper egg cartons 
  • Jars 
  • Skincare bottles (make sure they are completely empty)
  • Bottles (clear, green, brown) 
  • Aluminium cans 
  • Scrap metal
  • Tin cans
  • Plastic soda and juice bottles 
  • Some detergents and oils 
  • Bottles 
  • Milk jugs/bottles
  • Wet cell auto batteries 
  • Dry cell household batteries

 

Non-Recyclable Items:

  • Soiled paper
  • Wax or plastic-coated paper 
  • Paper laminated with foil or plastic
  • Used paper towels, tissues, napkins and plates 
  • Magazines/catalogues
  • Waxed cardboard 
  • Waxed milk cartons 
  • Soiled pizza or frozen food boxes 
  • Light bulbs
  • Window panes 
  • Glassware (cups, glasses, plates, etc.)
  • Mirrors
  • Bottles, jars, lids with plastic liners 
  • Cans used for chemicals or paint
  • Aerosol spray cans 
  • Oil contaminated with solvents 
  • Grocery/plastic bags 
  • Styrofoam (cups, plates, packing materials

 

Recycling doesn’t have to be difficult, knowing these simple recycling do’s and don’ts can make all the difference. 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. 

Be sure to check with your local council about recycling as it may vary depending on where you live. For more information about our services, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Fremantle and the Southern Suburbs.

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The Best Recycling Practices

The Best Recycling Practices

Posted on Friday, February 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. To battle the war on waste, we all have to do our part with recycling. Here are some simple tips to recycle more effectively at home.

 

Recycling at home:

  • Recycle the right way: Recycle all paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, and foil and steel tins. 
  • Do not put recyclables in plastic bags:  Separate your recyclables by using a tub or basket. 
  • Leave lids and labels on plastic bottles: These will be removed during the recycling process.
  • Garden waste belongs in your green waste bin: Do not put lawn clippings or branches in your recycling bin. 
  • Save water by not rinsing: Empty any food or excess liquid before you put items in the recycling bin. 
  • Do not put waste in your recycling bin: Make a conscious effort to separate your recyclables and waste and place them in the correct bins. 
  • Compost food scraps: These can be used in your garden as fertilizer. 
  • Have a local council or private recyclers take your whitegoods: Fridges, washing machines, dryers, microwaves etc. 

Recycling at School

It’s important to take our recycling habits into our schools. It’s estimated that around 80% of what is used at school can be recycled. Providing children and adults with exposure to the importance of recycling, to help us all live in a greener and healthier community. 

  • Donate supplies: If you have any extra school supplies leftover at the end of the year, you can donate them to students in need or a local organisation. 
  • Reuse plastic bottles: Don’t throw away your single-use water bottles, refill them and reuse them. 
  • Reduce paper use: Reuse scrap pacers and make sure both sides of the paper are used before. 
  • Switch to rechargeable batteries: Switching to rechargeable batteries means you reduce the number of batteries thrown away in the trash. 
  • Set up a group of eco-students: Student’s can help bring awareness and monitor waste and recycling throughout the school. They can also help monitor litter and waste-free lunch activities. 

Recycling at Work

The last major place you can make a difference is recycling at work. Here are a few tips to make some big changes to increase your recycling habits within the office.

  • Pack your own lunch: By bringing your own lunch to the office in a reusable container, you will reduce packaging waste and save money. 
  • Bring your own coffee: Investing in your own reusable coffee cup is a great idea, you’ll save on single-use coffee cups and money. Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own coffee, you can bring your reusable cup to your local cafe. 
  • Opt for a greener commute: The average work commute produces 7,000 carbon emissions per year. You can reduce your emissions by carpooling, biking, walking or using public transport. 
  • Reduce or reuse: Only print documents when absolutely necessary, otherwise use emails for most memos and communications. Use both sides of the paper when you can. 

 

Managing waste is one of the challenges our country is facing right now. We can all make a difference by even following just a few of the above tips. 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 Canning Vale and the Southern Suburbs.

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What Happens to E-Waste?

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Each household has at least one box of old electronics lying around – much like that box full of cables that you can’t bring yourself to chuck out. You might not be purposely collecting old electronics like laptops and phones, but if you’re like most people, you have no idea what to do with them. You might also be concerned about data safety. So you just end up keeping them for years.

With millions of televisions, computers and mobile phones discarded in Australia each year, you might be wondering what happens to them? Do they end up in landfill? Read on to find out what happens to E-waste!

Where does E-waste end up?

In 2011, the Federal Government implemented a program (NTCRS) to collect and reuse electronics from companies that import or manufacture more than 5000 devices per year. Through this scheme, the companies help recover end-of-life products and divert them from landfill. These products end up being recycled.

 

What about household e-waste?

As you might know already, electronics are categorized as household hazardous waste and cannot be placed in regular bins or skip bins. So you won’t be able to gather all of them and hire a bin to get rid of them!

The good news is that there are over 1800 collection points across the country where you can drop off your unwanted TVs, phones, laptops and other electronics. They are then dismantled by material type – plastics, glass, circuit boards, batteries and so on.

The recycling of different parts is more of a global effort instead of a local one.

The circuit boards are sent to Japan, where a chemical process is used to recover precious metals like gold, silver or copper. The batteries are sent to Korea, where they are recycled and substances like lithium and cadmium are recovered. Steel, copper and aluminium are processed in Australia, while a fair portion of plastics is sent in China.

“Is my computer data safe?”

This is one of the main concerns when it comes to throwing away laptops and computers. You might be worried about your computer data and how it’s handled – you wouldn’t want anyone to gain access to it!

You can rest assured there’s no data security issue to be concerned about when it comes to recycling. All the elements of an electronic device are dismantled and destroyed. This means the data is wiped away as well.

The situation is very different if you’re donating the computer or laptop. Then you would want to make sure you erase everything on the hard drive. There are companies that specialise in this and can offer you a wiping certificate as well.

“What should I do with my old smartphone?”

Mobile phones are recycled through Mobile Muster, a voluntary scheme established 20 years ago. As the process is similar with computer recycling, no need to worry about your data. The pieces are dismantled and sent off for material recovery.

If you want to be extra cautious, it’s not a bad idea to erase everything on your phone by either manually deleting and logging out of any apps or doing a factory reset. But if it’s broken and you can’t turn it on, don’t worry about it. Everything will be destroyed.

Recycling electronic waste is very important, as most devices can be repurposed into new ones. For most other types of waste, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Armadale and the Southern Suburbs.

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