Everybody knows about recycling, but it seems like fewer people really know the ins and outs of how to do it in detail. With climate change on the rise, however, it seems like now is a more important time than ever to try and bring down our carbon footprint and recycle as much as we can to keep our planet as healthy as possible.
So, let’s get to it!
First off, let’s cover the basics here. In Australia, most home recyclables can essentially be broken down into one of two categories:
Paper and Cardboard:
Items you can recycle that are paper and cardboard usually take the form of one of these listed below:
As a side note, in case the above seems confusing, most items made of certain plastics aluminium, steel and glass can all still be recycled, so don’t immediately go for the waste bin with these items.
This is also a pretty good segway towards another neat little list we have on stuff that can’t actually be recycled:
Most of those should honestly be pretty obvious. But we won’t judge if you were taken by surprise by at least one.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “what about stuff like plastic bags? How do I recycle those? CAN I recycle those?” – Well, there is a pretty basic solution to that.
Most grocery stores actually will take back plastic bags for recycling purposes, so you can, more often than not, simply hand them over on your next groceries trip.
For the most part, there are actually a massive number of specialist recycling programs that you can take advantage of that handle everything from soft plastics, tubes and everything in between.
Moving is always an equally exciting and terrifying experience. On one hand, you have the joy and novelty of moving into a new home with new surroundings.
On the other hand, moving house also means dealing with the massive amount of waste that seems to suddenly multiply the minute you start breaking out the moving boxes. It’s a terrible reality we all have to face when moving, but luckily there is a way to stem the tide of junk and waste from ruining an otherwise pleasant moving experience.
Establishing a checklist of everything for moving is going to help massively with your experience. Go room by room and figure out what you need to take and what you don’t. This is going to help keep you organised and make things a lot easier when it comes time to actually unpack all those boxes. Similarly, you’re also going to be able to actually keep track of what you’re doing without getting scattered and distracted every few minutes. (Don’t worry, we’ve all done it. No judgement.)
Start packing early. That sounds super obvious, but the reality is that for most, the idea of moving never really seems to settle in until the moving truck arrives. Get started on your packing a few weeks beforehand and start slowly chipping through your list of stuff until the big moving day arrives. You’ll be ahead of the game with your prep and you’ll be able to suss out what is and what isn’t junk well beforehand, making getting rid it much simpler and quicker.
Now, we know we said earlier that you need to make a checklist, and that’s still true, but we’d also recommend running a second list that specifically covers junk. That is going to make double sure that you know exactly what items are in your house that you won’t be taking to your new home and what needs to be thrown away. Once you have that list, it’s going to be a lot easier to figure out how to get rid of everything.
One of the biggest barriers to effective waste management is figuring out just what to do with all of those damn batteries and electronics that always seem to multiply when you’re not looking. Whether it’s batteries, cables or old cell phones, the piles of unused electronics always grow and there never seems to be any clear idea on how to get rid of them!
Most of the time, a rubbish removal company will happily take care of this issue for you if you can’t be bothered. However, in the event you’d like to handle it all yourself, then get that e-waste organised and ready in its own separate box and deliver it to your local drop off point, which is usually somewhere near a library or youth centre in your area.
If you’re unsure, have a look through your local council website to learn where the drop off point for e-waste is located.
And that’s it! Follow these simple rules and you’ll be well prepared for whatever your house throws at you!
In history, the (lack of) waste management decreased sanitation, urban living levels and led to widespread diseases. Now, with a growing population and climate change threatening our environment, many people are rethinking our pollution on a global scale, and in the home.
A modern world calls for up-to-date, environmentally-friendly waste management.
Sanitary landfill refers to the well-designed and engineered set-up to ensure environmental protection. It’s all about the layers:
Landfill has been a relatively inexpensive and convenient waste management option for some time. However, it’s not the most environmentally friendly technique and not viable for generations to come.
While it may not sound particularly ground-breaking, recycling is the most common and potentially advantageous waste disposal method, and it’s constantly being refined and improved! It’s great for the environment and provides economic value to the individual and the economy.
Responsible waste disposers will always promote recycling. It’s one of the most environmentally-friendly things you can do when considering waste removal options. Eco skip bin hire companies will separate the waste according to its recycling abilities, maximising the amount that is repurposed and reducing the amount put into landfill.
Composting and Biological Reprocessing
Cheap, easy and natural, composting breaks down organic waste and turns it into rich manure.
Composting your organic waste greatly improves soil quality. Instead of binning your ‘scraps,’ put them on your garden soil, mix it through and see for yourself how healthy it will become.
Similar to composting, biological reprocessing is only applicable to organic waste, such as:
Biological reprocessing helps speed up the natural decomposition, forming a mulch or compost which is fantastic for agricultural purposes.
Incineration and Waste to Energy
Waste reduces by an average of 95% when processed in an incineration plant. It’s great waste management for areas with not a lot of land and there’s no lingering bad smell or methane production.
However, a lot of resources are needed to incinerate waste. On the bright side though, the energy produced can be used for many other purposes.
Waste to energy saves the planet from non-recyclable items. This waste management technique generates heat, electricity or fuel from the waste. The waste to energy technology is a modern alternative to fossil fuels and helps reduce carbon emissions – Bonus!
Constant revisions of waste management techniques are vital for our future. From industrial to residential waste, these modern techniques are great in destroying the majority of our waste, even repurposing it for the better.
Need help with your waste management? Contact Bonza Bins for prompt and affordable service.
Despite companies pushing for ‘paperless’ mail, good, old-fashioned paper mail still enters our mailboxes. Occasionally, we receive mail we want, like lovingly handwritten cards and invitations, but most of the time it’s just dreaded bills. Depending on where you live and the local mail-droppers adherence to ‘NO JUNK MAIL’ signs, you’re probably getting a lot of junk mail, too.
Nevertheless, once bills are paid and thanks given to the senders of personal mail, where should you dispose of all that paper mail?
Recycling packaging and envelopes
Our parcels are generally contained in a box or sleeve cardboard packaging. Luckily, cardboard packaging is a very easy thing to recycle. Simply collapse the box or sleeve into a smaller form and pop them straight into your yellow recycling bin.
With plain envelopes, put them straight into your recycling bin. Envelopes with plastic windows, however, generally can’t be recycled. So, remove the plastic film, place it into your general waste bin, and the plain envelope leftovers into your recycling bin. Likewise, padded/bubbled envelopes have the same non-recyclable fate, so in the general waste bin they go.
Recycling letters and postage stamps
By all means keep letters that hold sentimental value, like a birthday card from your favourite international relative or postcards from travelling friends.
If you’re receiving a letter with confidential information on it though, be sure to shred it before you dispose of the letter. You wouldn’t want your confidential information ending up in the wrong hands due to insufficient waste disposal.
Did you know that postage stamps are recyclable?
So, next time you recycle a plain envelope in your recycling bin, feel free to leave them on.
Alternatively, many people collect postage stamps and charities use them too. Why not gift your postage stamps to your stamp-collecting loved one, or contact a local charity to see if stamps are useful in craft activities?
Recycling junk mail and junk removal
Whether we like it or not, most of us still receive an unruly amount of junk mail from local businesses.
The good news is catalogues, brochures and magazines can all be put in your recycling bin.
If you want to take it one step further, it’s also smart to invest in a ‘No Junk Mail’ sign or sticker for your letterbox to cut down on the amount you’re receiving. And then just pray to the paperless goods that they actually abide by it!
Recycling is the least we can do for our environment. We all have good intentions, but sometimes we don’t always know what’s recyclable and what’s not. A lot of our mail is recyclable.
Bonza Bins prides itself on a commitment to a greener future. All skips are covered and bought back to recycling centres or transfer stations where waste is sorted and where possible recycled. Materials such as concrete, soil, greens, metal, paper, timber are all recycled, lessening the amount of rubbish going directly to landfill.