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How to avoid using single-use plastic

Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Only 12% of plastic waste used in Australia ends up recycled. For years, we’ve been sending plastic waste overseas to be processed. But now countries like China have refused to accept 99% of Australian plastic.

Nowadays, our recyclables often end up stockpiled in landfills or littered on the side of the road in parks, nature and oceans. Plastic is polluting the environment every day, and we need to create more proactive solutions. 

What can I do?

There are many ways you can help reduce the amount of plastic pollution. A great place to start is from home. Many of us are unknowingly contributing to plastic pollution by using large amounts of single-use plastics. Some small changes you make at home could potentially contribute massively to reducing plastic pollution.

Here are some of the following ways you can help!

Switch to reusable bags

A plastic bag is used for 15 minutes on average but could take up to 300 years to decompose. Switch to reusable cotton tote bags for your grocery shopping rather than using plastic bags.

Ditch plastic straws for steel

Using reusable steel straws instead of plastic is a great way to make a small change for the environment. Plastic straws are only used for a short period of time and take hundreds of years to decompose.

Use reusable bowl covers

Instead of using cling film and other plastic products to cover your bowls, switch to reusable bowl covers. Bees wrap is also another great way to reduce plastic waste.

Switch to a reusable water bottle

Buying plastic water bottles is harmful to the environment, and can take 450 years to break down, and it still leaves remnants behind.

There are many ways to reduce your use of plastic and how it is being used. If you can make any change to help reduce plastic pollution, it will make a difference. If you are looking to dispose of heavy waste, contact our team at Bonza Bins for more information. The most affordable skip bins in Armdale!

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How do landfills work?

Posted on Saturday, December 18th, 2021

Waste is an issue that we will always have to deal with, as humans will never stop producing waste. It’s critical to have different waste management methods in place, both at home and the workplace to protect the environment. Not disposing of your waste properly can result in damaging nature.

Keep reading to discover what landfills are, how they work, and the problems associated with them.

What are landfills?

Landfill sites exist globally. The purpose of a landfill is to designate space for waste to decompose. Landfills are properly regulated by waste management staff who have steps in place to ensure safe disposal.

How do landfills work?

A modern landfill is a highly engineered and regulated pit in the ground that is divided into “cells”. Each cell is carefully engineered to maximise compaction and eliminate potential environmental impacts.

These cells are filled with waste that cannot be recycled including

  • Putrescible waste from municipal collections
  • Commercial and industrial waste
  • Construction and demolition materials

Certain landfills are licensed for particular waste types, for example not all landfills accept putrescible waste and some are licensed to accept hazardous material like asbestos, while others are not.

How are landfills built

Engineers design landfill cells with six to seven layers of lining to protect the environment surrounding the landfill. These layers protect the ground surrounding the cell. Sumps are then used to collect liquids that are produced as the waste breaks down. 

How is odour managed? 

​​The odours produced by landfills are the result of gases produced by decomposing waste. Most landfills practice common processes such as:

  • Maintaining adequate soil cover at the active landfill cell
  • Daily site inspections, which include the site boundaries and landfill surface to quickly identify and resolve any issues
  • Installing gas wells to turn landfill gas into energy
  • Utilising portable gas monitors to track air quality
  • Shutting down the site when extreme weather appears, such as strong winds

What happens when landfill reaches capacity?

When a landfill reaches capacity, it is “capped” and rehabilitated, to be turned into green spaces such as parks and community grounds. These will be maintained for up to 30 years after capping.

Why are landfills necessary?

Landfill meets a critical infrastructure need – to deal with the waste produced by businesses and households. This waste is projected to increase as populations grow and with current consumer behaviours. Even with improved recycling rates, there is a need for residual waste to be managed safely and effectively.

If you have any waste management questions or need to dispose of your own household waste. Contact our team at Bonza Bins to hire a skip bin that meets your needs. The most affordable skip bins in Fremantle!

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How to safely dispose of bulky waste

How to safely dispose of bulky waste

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Whether you’re clearing out the house, office or your garden – it’s crucial to correctly dispose of your waste. If waste is incorrectly disposed of, it can negatively impact the environment and harm surrounding wildlife.

There’s a lot of different rules surrounding waste disposal, so it can become confusing for individuals and businesses alike. Keep reading to discover what is classed as bulky waste and how you can correctly dispose of it.

What is bulky waste?
Bulky waste is material or items you wish to get rid of that are too big to fit in your wheelie bin. It can be anything from furniture, electrical appliances and bicycles to carpets, windows and garden waste.

How to dispose of domestic and commercial bulky waste
Waste management is crucial in every Australian household and the community at large. It’s vital to follow strict government laws in proper waste disposal, especially in disposing of bulky waste consisting of dry and wet waste. Here are some ways that you can legally dispose of your bulky domestic and commercial waste.

Donate to charity
A great option for disposing of bulky waste is to donate it at your local charity shop. Get in touch with them to discuss delivery options and donate it to someone in need. Keep in mind your items need to be in good condition.

Hire a skip bin service
Another option for disposing of bulky waste is to hire a skip bin from Bonza Bins. We offer a variety of different bin sizes for all your needs. We accept the following types of waste:

General light waste

  • Household and office waste – clothes, toys, kitchenware, boxes, plastics etc.
  • Light building – timber, wood etc,
  • Furniture and appliances – white goods, lounges, mattresses etc
  • Green waste – lawn clippings, shrubs, small branches

Heavy waste

  • Bricks and concrete
  • Sand and soil
  • Roof tiles
  • Pebbles and crushed rock
  • Tree trunks and stumps (no more than 50cms in length and 30cms in diameter)

Please be aware that our large  8m³ and 10m³ skip bins do have weight restrictions and are unsuitable to be used for heavy waste.

Arrange a council collection
Many local councils have waste collection services, and you can book a slot with them.  When booking your bulky waste collection, ensure that your waste is suitable to be collected and follows the rules of council collection services

Be sure to contact our team at Bonza Bins to discuss your waste collection needs. The most affordable skip bins in Canning Vale!

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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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