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Why fly-tipping is a bad idea

Why fly-tipping is a bad idea

Posted on Sunday, October 10th, 2021

Most of us understand that it’s our responsibility to dispose of our rubbish in a moral and ethical manner, either by hiring a skip bin, taking it to a recycling center or rubbish dump. For larger items, Bonza Bins can help you get rid of it cleanly, quickly and efficiently. 

Unfortunately, some people opt to dispose of their trash unethically resulting in fly-tipping.

What is fly-tipping?

‘Fly tipping’ refers to the practice of dumping waste illegally. Rather than using tips, skips or waste disposal companies. Fly tippers simply dump their rubbish in a place where they hope they won’t be spotted. This might be in a neighbour’s yard, on the street or frequently out in the rural areas.

What are the effects of fly-tipping?

Depending on the type of rubbish and waste that is being dumped, it can be contaminated with harmful substances or materials that aren’t safe for the public. Household goods may contain substances that could kill wild animals if ingested.

Dumping a load of waste affects the ground and the local ecosystem on many different levels. As well as presenting a danger to animals, the earth could absorb toxins preventing future growth of greenery or even worse, permitting poisons to enter the plants, thus reaching even more insects and creatures. Fly tipping isn’t just an eyesore; it can actually present a very real danger to human health too.

Fly tipping and illegal waste dumping harms the environment, hurts our wildlife and brings vermin and potential diseases to the affected area. With multiple different ways to get rid of waste, there should never be an excuse for fly-tipping. If you are looking to get rid of heavy waste, contact our team at Bonza Bins. The most affordable skip bins Armdale!

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How to dispose of lithium batteries and prevent fires

Posted on Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Lithium batteries power our smartphones, laptops and many of the devices we use each day. It’s important we know how to properly dispose of the batteries to prevent contamination. 

These batteries are made up mostly of other metals, including iron, cobalt, nickel, copper and aluminium. With the demand for non-renewable resources increasing, it makes sense that we would recycle the materials we have before mining them.

Here are some tips on how to recycle lithium batteries:

Organise a collection time

First of all, don’t throw your old phone battery or other lithium battery packs in your home recycling bin. These can result in fires, combustion and chemical leaks and need to be handled with care. 

If you are looking to dispose of your phone battery or other lithium batteries laying around the house, find your local battery collection point online. Check with electronic retailers as they may buy back old phones and refurbish or recycle the battery themselves. 

The recycling process starts

Once the batteries are collected and sorted, they are sent into an automated crusher that breaks them down into pieces of metal, plastic and lithium depending on the product. 

The metal can be recovered in new products, while the lithium by-product is further purified for reuse. While most of this recycling process focuses on recovering materials like aluminium, copper and cobalt, there are ways to recover more of the lithium.

The next steps

While many lithium batteries end up in landfill each year, many more are sitting around the house collecting dust. Recycling protects the environment, and also keeps the cost down of mining to produce future goods.

If you are a business looking to recycle lithium batteries and other batteries too, give us a call on 08 9331 7271 to enquire about how Bonza Bins can help you out. The most affordable skip bins Canning Vale!


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10 ways to avoid recycling contamination

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2021

It’s important that we are aware of what stuff goes in which bin to avoid contamination. When contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole load ending up in landfill. Here’s 10 tips on how to make sure you aren’t contaminating your rubbish. 

Look out for recycling labels

Keep an eye out for the recycling labels on the back of packages and bottles. Determine whether or not an item is recyclable before throwing it in the trash.

Remove metal caps and lids

Metal lids and caps from glass jars can be put in the recycling loose because they will be captured by the magnetic sorter.

Empty and rinse all containers

Wet and soiled paper or cardboard is unusable at recycling facilities and will be diverted back into landfills instead of recycled.

Do not recycle plastic bags

Plastic bags are one of the number one recycling contaminators. They get tangled in the gears at recycling facilities, which can be hazardous to the workers who have to untangle them.

Safely dispose of batteries 

Throwing batteries in the recycling bin is dangerous. They can cause fires due to combustion and medical leaks. They can also leak on other materials such as paper and cardboard and contaminate the rubbish load which will then end up in landfill.

Coffee cups belong in the trash

Coffee cups are not actually recyclable. They have a plastic lining on the inside which prevents the liquid from leaking. Throw these in the trash to avoid contamination.

Soft paper products cannot be recycled

It’s common to think that items such as tissues and paper towels, napkins are recyclable. They are soiled by the time they are ready to be recycled which means they can contaminate other recycling products.

Pots and pans cannot be recycled at home

Pots, pans and cutlery items can be recycled at your nearest recycling facility or donated at your local charity shop. 

Compostable items can contaminate your recycling

Compostable items can contaminate your recycling. The processes of composting and recycling are very different, so you can’t recycle food waste or compostable serviceware.

Recycle household products

Don’t forget to recycle shampoo bottles and other household products around the house. Rinse the bottles thoroughly and make sure to check the recycling labels.

It is important to maintain a healthy recycling program so we can make better use of our limited resources and help reduce our carbon emissions. If we learn to stop recycling contamination, we will be able to help our recycling facilities flourish safely and efficiently.

If you are looking to get rid of waste our team at Bonza Bins are happy to help you. Get in touch with us. It’s also always a good idea to look for more sustainable options whenever possible in order to avoid the landfill. The most affordable skip bins Armdale!

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A guide to recycling or repurposing your old electronics

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! The most affordable skip bins Fremantle!


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