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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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Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste: What Is It And How Do You Dispose Of It?

Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2020

Skip bins are very versatile and can hold many types of rubbish, from green waste and household items to construction and demolition waste. However, there are certain items that cannot be disposed of via skip bins. Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) fits into that category.

Find out what hazardous waste is and how it can be removed from your property in a safe manner!

The dangers of household hazardous waste

There are certain items in your home that are dangerous when placed in regular kerbside bins or skip bins, as they are corrosive, flammable, explosive or very toxic. Household hazardous waste can be disposed of at HHW Permanent Facilities throughout WA.

Even these facilities will only accept certain types of hazardous waste, up to a limit of 20 kg per material type:

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Aerosols
  • Batteries (household)
  • Engine coolants and glycols
  • Fire extinguishers – Non halon (red) only
  • Flammables
  • Flares
  • Fluorescent lamps and tubes (CFLs)
  • Gas cylinders (small household)
  • Household chemicals (e.g. cleaners)
  • Paint
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Smoke detectors
  • Unknown chemicals must be in sealed, chemical resistant containers.

Waste that is NOT accepted by HHW Permanent Facilities needs to be attended to through other programs. Here are the materials you should never place in a regular bin or a skip bin:

  • Asbestos
  • Commercial, business or industrial waste
  • Electronic waste
  • EPIRBs and PLBs
  • Explosives, ammunition and firearms
  • Fire extinguishers – Halon (yellow)
  • Medications and pharmaceuticals
  • Mobile phones
  • Motor oil and cooking oil
  • Printer cartridges/toners
  • Sharps and needles
  • Tyres

Contact your local council to find out how to dispose of any of the above. They can guide you to the right facilities.

What can you use a skip bin for?

Skip bins can be used for most common types of waste. For example, Bonza Bins accept building rubble (bricks, tiles, concrete, sand), garden and general household waste, whitegoods, wood etc. Many skip bin companies do not allow you to mix “heavy” and “light” materials. In a Bonza Bin you are able to mix these.

So if you’re renovating, moving out or simply doing a thorough general cleaning, contact your friendly bin hire in Fremantle! Just let us know what kind of rubbish you plan to dispose of and we can recommend the perfect bin for you!

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Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Skip Bin

Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Skip Bin

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2020

It’s a well-known fact that we create enormous amounts of waste. And while the regular rubbish bin might do the day-to-day job, sometimes you need a skip bin to dispose of waste. For example – if you’ve renovated your home and need to get rid of old furniture. If you’ve cleaned your garden and ended up with a large amount of green waste. Or if you’re moving out of a long term rental and need to do a big cleanup.

The first time you order a skip bin, you might be overwhelmed by all the choices. How on earth do you know what size or type of bin to order? You definitely don’t want to make “rookie” mistakes that will end up costing you more.

Stress less! Read our beginner’s guide to hiring a skip bin and rest easy knowing exactly how to get the bin you need.

Everything you need to know about skip bins

Skip bins can be hired for projects big and small, but there are situations where it’s really necessary to get one, like when you move out or renovate. You can use a skip bin for anything from green waste and household items to construction and demolition waste. There are a few exceptions you need to be aware of. The following items cannot go into a Bonza skip bin:

  • Asbestos
  • Fibreglass Roof Sheeting
  • Fibro (compressed or not)
  • Food and liquids, including food packaging
  • Chemicals of any kind
  • Gas bottles
  • Oil heaters
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Rubber car tyres

In the case of fibre cement, our team will ask you to leave it at the top of the bin, so that one of our drivers can make sure it is not asbestos.

It’s also good to keep in mind that there is a restriction on the number of bed mattresses you can fit in a skip – maximum 2 per bin.

Skip bins conveniently come in different sizes to suit your specific needs. For example, we offer bins that range between 3-10 cubic metre. One cubic metre is approximately one standard (6×4) trailer load of rubbish. The 3 m³ skip bin will hold approximately 3 standard trailer loads of rubbish.

The type of waste you plan to dispose of (light or heavy) also influences the price of the bin. Bins that hold heavy waste are more expensive than lighter things.

Light waste types:

  • 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 types:

  • Bricks and concrete
  • Sand and soil
  • Roof tiles
  • Pebbles and crushed rock

Once your skip bin is delivered, it will need to be placed on your property – usually on the verge, for easy collection.

If you don’t have enough room for a skip bin on your land and need to use public property. You’ll have to contact the local council for approval if you need to place it on public property.

3 Tips for Using a Skip Bin

Whether you’re moving out or spring cleaning, you want a hassle-free experience when you hire a skip bin. Here are 3 tips to avoid the most common rookie mistakes people make when hiring a skip bin.

  1. Don’t overfill the bin
    We cannot emphasise enough how important this is: the skip bin can only be filled to the rim, with no material sticking out. Bins that are overfilled can cause damage to people and property, which is why skip bin companies won’t collect them. You’ll have to purchase another bin for the extra waste – this could end up being more expensive than simply getting the right-sized bin from the beginning. If you’re unsure what size you need, give us a call and we’ll help you select the right size.
  2. Hire in advance
    It is best to give 1 to 2 days notice, particularly if you need a bin for the weekend. While most companies will charge extra for last minute orders, at Bonza Bins we’re happy to accommodate urgent requests whenever we can (outside of peak periods, such as Easter and Christmas). Most of the time, you can book a bin in the morning and we’ll deliver the same day.
  3. Sort your rubbish
    It’s important for you to sort your rubbish and figure out if you’re disposing of hazardous materials which cannot be placed in a skip bin. These include chemicals, batteries, electronics, pesticides, paints etc.

Need skip bin help?
Bonza Bins is a family owned and operated business that specialises in providing skip bins to Perth’s southern suburbs for the removal of residential and commercial waste. If you need to dispose of a large amount of waste, get in touch with the best bin hire in Canning Vale and we’ll ensure a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

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5 Tips to Update and Modernise Your Home

Posted on Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Renovations are at an all time high since isolation started a few months ago – truth be told, a house makeover is the kind of project that can keep your mind busy and reduce anxiety.

You don’t need to go big or go home! While major renovations are exhausting and expensive, there are quite a few small changes you can make to modernise your home without breaking the bank!

Here are five easy ways to update your house and give it a fresh new look.

Out with the old: decluttering

Decluttering is a big job, we admit it. But it’s definitely worth the effort! Designate a day or two to spend only on this tedious, but very necessary task.

While each person has their own way of tidying up, it might be a good idea to do some research and choose a tried and tested approach, like Marie Kondo’s method.

At the very least, you need to focus on a few categories of objects that most of us end up hoarding without even realising it: clothes, books, papers, cables and cords, kitchenware etc. Make sure to throw away the objects you don’t need – like that electric socket adaptor you bought 15 years ago and never used. You’ll be amazed how many of the things in your house have the sole purpose of gathering dust (and being an eyesore).

Once you’re done with throwing useless items away and organising the items you want to keep, you can move on to sprucing up your home!

In with the new: update fabrics

One of the cheapest ways to update and modernise your home is to change fabrics like: bed covers, throws, pillow cases, curtains, towels etc.

Before you run to Ikea, make sure you have a colour scheme in mind! Fabrics in bold colours can really give your home that oomph it’s missing, but it’s important to understand how to use them to their best potential. The easiest way is to play around with complementary colours: for example, if your bedroom’s main colour is blue, a splash of orange will have a stunning effect.

While you might be trying to reduce costs, we do recommend investing in good quality fabrics that really give off that cosy-and-opulent vibe you see in every interior design magazine.

Move furniture around

This is the fun part of a low-cost home modernising project! With a little help from your partner or some friends, you can give any room a total makeover by simply changing its configuration.

Most furniture rearrangements are intuitive – you’ve probably thought about moving things around, but you never got to it. Well, now is the time! And if you really want to take things up a notch, why not look into the ancient art of Feng Shui?

If you do have some spare cash to spend on your home, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a new sofa, a nifty armchair or a pretty coffee table – a single item can make a massive difference in the flow and vibe of a room.

Let there be light

Good lighting can make or break the look and feel of any space. While an abundance of natural light is always good, when it comes to artificial light we recommend changing static light switches with dimmers, a truly rewarding venture that you’ll thank yourself for!

As with fabrics, lighting solutions are for a home what accessories are for outfits. They can make a world of difference, so consider changing a few lamps and if you’re feeling more adventurous than that, invest in a jaw-dropping chandelier.

A fresh coat of paint

Nothing gives a home a more dramatic update than a fresh coat of paint. It’s also an easy and fun DIY project you can take on without hiring anyone.

Whether you choose to refresh the current colours or go for a new palette all together, your home will look totally transformed! Pro tip: find out what the hottest colours of the year are and take your home reno project to the next level!

Updating your home doesn’t have to be expensive – with a few smart changes you can achieve a magazine-worthy house in no time! If your decluttering and modernising efforts result in a large amount of waste, be sure to contact the most affordable bin hire in Canning Vale!

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