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Why waste segregation is important

Why Waste Segregation is Important

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

Do you struggle to comprehend how one individual can make an impact on the environment? It’s a myth that one individual can do no damage. In fact, the power is with the individual and their choices. Waste segregation is the easiest action you can take to do your bit for the environment. How does it all work? This article will explore why we should sort waste at the source, how to do it and how we can encourage those around us to do it too.

Identifying the Problem 

Who remembers the days of the sole red waste bin? We’ve come a long way in understanding how we can separate our waste, or bring new life to our environment. Without waste segregation, our waste would compound and generate a larger problem for the environment, and the places we call home. To minimise our waste problem, the 4-bin-system was introduced. This system applies both to the average Joe, businesses and collection services. So, which bin does what? How do you use them effectively? 

Which Bin? 

 

RED BIN 

The red waste bin is your standard household, workplace bin for general waste. But the red bin is not for everything. Here is what you can put in the red bin. 

 

  • Food waste
  • Animal waste 
  • Hygiene projects, sanitary items and nappies 
  • Ceramics
  • Shredded paper (must be bagged)
  • Hard plastics
  • Cardboard or plastics with food waste

 

Here is what CAN’T go in a red waste bin. 

 

  • Glass 
  • Hazard waste 
  • Building material (bricks and concrete) 
  • Green waste 
  • Tyres 
  • Batteries 

 

YELLOW BIN

The yellow bin is for all your recyclable goods, and must NOT be used as a secondary red waste bin. Here is what you can put in a yellow bin. 

 

  • Glass jars 
  • Magazines and newspaper
  • Crockery 
  • Aluminum cans
  • Paper products
  • Milk cartons (clean)
  • Tins (clean) 
  • Plastic containers 

 

Here is what you CAN’T put in a yellow bin. 

 

  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic bags
  • Soft plastics 
  • Plastic bottle lids 
  • Pizza boxes
  • Light bulbs 
  • Containers with food scraps 
  • Ceramics 

 

GREEN BIN

The green bin is for your green and compostable waste. This is the bin with waste items that breed life into our environment. Here’s what you can put in the green bin. 

 

  • Leaves
  • Manure 
  • Food scraps (all)
  • Garden trimmings
  • Tea bags 
  • Paper 
  • Tissues
  • Bamboo crockery 
  • Bones 

 

Here’s what you CAN’T put in the green bin. 

 

  • Soil 
  • Non-biodegradable plastic bags 
  • Plant pots 
  • Nappies

 

BLUE BIN 

The blue bin is the newest bin, and can sometimes be identified under a different colour. However, most commonly, the blue bin homes soft plastics. Here’s what you can put in the blue bin. 

 

  • Plastic bags 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Vegetable and fruit plastic wrapping
  • Toilet paper wrapping
  • General plastic wrapping on food (pasta, bread and rice bags)

 

Here’s what you can’t put in the blue bin. 

  • Hard plastics 
  • Cardboard 

Be a Leader  

Our actions have consequences, as much as they can evoke change. While it can be discouraging to see others doing the wrong thing, with education comes power to share and teach others.  Here are our tips for the workplace, and home. 

 

Workplace

  • Provide a 4-bin-system, with educational signs above each indicating what is, and isn’t allowed in the bin. 
  • Workplace waste training. 
  • Designate a team leader to manage the bins, and be a spokesperson for the system. 
  • Utilise skip bins, like Bonza Bins, for workplace heavy waste. 

 

Home 

  • Set up a 4-bin system inside of your home, with information signs where necessary.  
  • Request a green bin from your council for compost, and green waste. 
  • For large items i.e., furniture and electronics, consider buy-for-nothing pages on social media to give your items a second life. 
  • Coordinate with skip bin service, like Bonza Bins, for household heavy waste. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, waste segregation starts with the individual and can have positive knock-on effects with others when handled correctly. An effective waste management system has the power to demystify the process, and makes waste management easy! 

 

If you are looking to implement a proper waste segregation system, or dispose of heavy waste contact our Bonza Bins team.  Bonza Bins provides the most affordable skip bin service in Fremantle

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How to manage timber waste correctly

How to Manage Timber Waste Correctly

Posted on Sunday, March 13th, 2022

Are you stuck for ideas on how to repurpose, or dispose of your timber waste correctly? Timber wood is a valuable and versatile wood type. Instead of throwing it in red bin waste, let’s save some trees and learn what is classified as timber waste, and how to safely dispose of it.

What is Timber Waste?

Timber is a popular wood type commonly used to build homes, building structures and furniture. Timber must be cut to size for the intended product, which generates timber waste in the form of timber fragments and sawdust. Often, this timber waste is thrown away out of convenience. However, timber waste has great potential to be repurposed into a variety of products such as furniture and garden wood chips. Instead of throwing away your timber, let’s learn how we can safely repurpose our timber waste. 

Repurposing Timber

Repurposing and or recycling timber is beneficial to the environment. By salvaging timber you protect our natural resources, reduce gas emissions and prevent unnecessary landfill waste. When you recycle timber, you reduce the need for forest logging. Here are a few ideas for you to consider next time you find yourself with some scrap timber. 

 

  1. Building products – repurpose your timber converting it into building material such as particleboard. 
  2. Furniture – give furniture new life by renovating the piece, or turning scrap timber into a new furniture piece. 
  3. Mulch – spruce up your garden by converting your scrap timber into wood chips. 

 

While not every use of timber has been noted in the article, it is encouraged to think twice before disposing of your timber waste and be imaginative with what you can use it for. However, if you need to dispose of your timber waste, we have a safe process for you to follow. 

Safely Disposing Timber 

Disposing timber is necessary for building companies, and individuals who do not have a use for the timber waste. Here are our disposal tips.

 

  • Small amounts of treated timber waste can be placed in a regular red waste bin. 
  • Sawdust must be bagged and disposed of at a landfill site. 
  • Large timber waste must be disposed of at a landfill site. 
  • Coordinate with your local council to have large amounts of timber waste collected on the verge side. 
  • Small amounts of timber can be burned. It is recommended to contact your local council or Bioenergy Australia for more information.

 

Alternatively, Bonza Bins provides a reliable and efficient skip bin service for all your timber waste needs. The timber is recycled and or, disposed of correctly. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, timber has the capacity to be repurposed in a variety of ways before it’s taken to landfills. Managing timber waste correctly will reduce deforestation, and support sustainability in Australia. If you are looking to dispose of timber waste contact our Bonza Bins team for assistance.  Bonza Bins provides the most affordable skip bin service in Armadale

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7 ways to remove waste when moving

7 Ways to Remove Waste When Moving

Posted on Sunday, February 13th, 2022

Moving house can instantly evoke stress, and bit of an eye twitch! Overtime, it’s easy for your house to fill up with unwanted goods. Here are 7 Bonza Bins tips to make waste removal easy when you’re moving properties.

Rubbish Removalist
If you have unwanted goods or large quantities of waste you need removed, we recommend hiring a rubbish removalist, such as Bonza Bins. Rubbish removalists will recycle, and or dispose of your waste correctly. This service will completely remove the burden from your move, and provide the peace of mind you have disposed of your unwanted goods properly.

Garage Sale
Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure! Keep this in mind before throwing your unwanted goods into the landfill. Before you move house, consider hosting a garage sale to make some extra cash and rehome your unwanted goods. We recommend advertising your garage sale on local social media pages, and putting up biodegradable signs around your neighbourhood. 

Repurpose
Before you sell, donate or dispose of your unwanted goods – have you considered if it can be repurposed? Does your dressing table just need a sanding a new coat of paint? Could your dining table be fitted with new table legs to modernise the piece? Even if you do not plan to keep the piece long term, repurposing goods will extend the shelf life and increase the odds of it going to a new home. If you are unsure of what it takes to repurpose something, we recommend heading to YouTube and researching what other people have done previously to extend the life of their goods. 

Donate
Donations help the world go round. If money is not an issue, donating goods is a fantastic way to move your unwanted goods into a new home. Contact local charity shops, or advertise on social media for free. Alternatively, ask around in your own network. You never know what people are in the market for! 

Sell Online
The internet provides a wealth of opportunity to rehome your unwanted goods. Use social platforms such as Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay to advertise your products. Alternatively, seek out ‘Buy for Nothing’ pages on Facebook to rehome your unwanted goods. We recommend advertising a few weeks before you move to have ample time to move the goods onto their new home. 

Utilise Red Bin
This one is pointing out the obvious, but stay with us. By creating a moving plan, and packing early you can reduce the need for external services. In your plan, make a note of what you need to get rid of before the move, and generate a timeline. Week by week, dispose of your rubbish in either the red waste bin or recycling bin. Future you will thank you. 

Skip Bins

Skip bins are a fantastic option to remove heavy waste from your property before moving. If the red bin isn’t cutting it, hire a skip bin service, such as Bonza Bins to remove your property waste. Skip bins are great for large items such as furniture, electronics and garden clippings. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, moving house doesn’t have to be a headache. Before the move, create your waste plan and move into your new home lighter than before! 

If you are moving house, or disposing of heavy waste contact our Bonza Bins team.  Bonza Bins provides the most affordable skip bin service in Canning Vale.

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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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