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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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Recycling Perth

Why Preventing Recycling Contamination Is Everyone’s Battle

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2020

We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that more people are recycling more today than ever before. The bad news is that the way we recycle is working against our efforts. Many people unknowingly fill their recycling bin with items that are classified as contaminants, like low-grade plastics or pizza boxes.

Recycling contamination has become a global concern as it has a direct impact on the quality of recyclables entering the markets, while also increasing costs and making the whole process unsustainable.

Read on to find out the effects of recycling contamination and the solution to this global problem.

How did we get here?

Recycling contamination starts in each of our homes – since it’s a problem we all contribute to, it can also be solved with the proper education and a willingness to change our habits.

If you’re like most people, you try to recycle as many items as possible and feel good about it too! The only problem is that you might be unintentionally mixing non-recyclables in your bin, thus contaminating most of, if not an entire batch.

And we’re not pointing a finger at you, because the truth is that it can be quite tricky to figure out what is recyclable and what isn’t. Packaging has become more complex in time and there are now very different types of plastic used for packaging everyday items. For most of us, these all fit under one category which should be recycled. Unfortunately, objects like grocery bags, zip-top bags, plastic bottle lids, rubber hoses and other common items are non-recyclable, yet they still end up in single-stream containers, contaminating large amounts of waste. Contamination has increased over the years and now sits at a whopping 25%: 1 in 4 items we put in the recycle bin are non-recyclable.

Why recycling contamination is a problem

Recycling contaminations presents with many problems that hinder our recycling efforts. The most obvious problem is that materials that could be reused end up into a landfill. A small amount of contaminants can ruin a massive amount of otherwise recyclable items. For example, liquid or food placed in a recycling container will slowly saturate tonnes of cardboard and paper, rendering them useless.

Another problem of recycling contamination is the increase of costs. The more money and time required to separate contaminants, the higher the expenses. As contaminants cannot be completely removed, recyclable byproducts’ quality decreases, reducing their market value. This makes it very hard for waste management companies to make up for the cost of contamination.

How can we fix recycling contamination

While waste management companies have a significant role to play in the sustainability of recycling, the solution is mostly in our hands, quite literally. It starts with each of us doing some research in order to reduce and prevent contamination from now on.

Here are the most common contaminants that find their way to the recycling bin in many households:

  • Greasy pizza boxes and oily takeaway bags: these items have already been heavily soiled and will contaminate other items. Throw them away in general waste bins.
  • Nappies: these heavily soiled items also belong in general waste bins.
  • Soft Plastics: chocolate packaging, lolly wrappings and other similar items can block sorting machinery, so it’s best to collect them separately then find a place dedicated to recycling soft plastics (supermarkets sometimes have special bins).
  • Textiles: all fabrics are considered contaminants – they can also get tangled in the sorting machinery, causing major damage to it.
  • Bagged recyclables: if you collect your recyclables in a bag and then put it in the recycling bin, you need to change your ways. Plastic bags cannot be processed at sorting facilities, meaning the bag, together with its contents, end up being discarded (shocking, we know!).

The silver lining is that we CAN change things and prevent recycling contamination without too much effort. All we need to do is carefully read the instructions on packaging – they usually specify if the item is recyclable or not. A bit of research also goes a long way.

If you need a skip bin to get rid of waste, be sure to contact the most affordable and reliable bin hire in Armadale and other southern suburbs.

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Clearing Clutter in Perth

The Marie Kondo Method: How to Declutter Your Home Like a Pro

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

No matter how organised you consider yourself to be, the truth is we’re all guilty of hoarding to some degree. Your Achilles’ heel could be clothes, shoes, video games, books or objects with sentimental value. You know what we’re talking about: all the things you just can’t bring yourself to throw away and find “good” reasons not to, like “I love this T-shirt!” or “My first boyfriend gave this to me on our 2 week anniversary 20 years ago”. We’ve all been there!

When it comes to decluttering our homes, we might find ourselves incapable of deciding what to keep and how to organise things, so we give up decluttering all together. Luckily, there are experts like Marie Kondo who can guide us on this hard mission of tidying up our homes.

Let’s have a look at the KonMari method of decluttering that sparked a massive buzz on Netflix a little while ago. Read on to find out how to tidy up your home like a pro!

The KonMari Method

Often the best ideas come from slightly changing an approach that has already been used for ages. This is how the KonMari method was developed by the internationally acclaimed pro-organizer and author Marie Kondo: instead of tackling objects room-by-room, you tackle them by category. This revolutionary idea changed the lifestyle of millions of people who were struggling with hoarding and living in cluttered homes.

The KonMari method isn’t only about organising your things, but also about creating a space that contributes to your mental wellbeing. By using her approach, you can surround yourself with the objects that spark joy instead of objects that cause you stress.

Marie Kondo’s method consists of six rules:

  1. Commit to decluttering: it might sound easy, but this is actually the hardest part. You need to set the clear intention of tidying up your home and finally getting rid of all the things that don’t spark joy (if it’s your first time, you probably have heaps!).
  2. Think about the advantages of tidying up: imagine yourself living in a space that makes you feel at peace, never dreading spring cleaning again, but actually looking forward to it. Considering how tidying up might change your life will keep you motivated through the process.
  3. Throw away anything you don’t want or need first: do a full sweep of your home and throw away all the objects that you know you’re never going to use or want ever again. Sometimes donating these objects might make it easier to let go of them.
  4. Organise by category, not by room: instead of tidying up one room at a time, for example, you focus solely on cleaning out all the clothes you have in the house.
  5. Use the KonMari checklist order: it was created with a specific order in mind, so it’s recommended you stick to it. Check it out below.
  6. Enjoy the process: instead of focusing on the fact that you’re throwing away objects, focus on the fact that you’re making so much room for the objects that make you happy. Having a positive mindset really helps keep you on track and get amazing results.

Are you ready to declutter your home? Here’s the KonMari checklist to help you choose a category to organise.

  1. Clothes: take all your clothing out of its set area and make a big pile. Take each item and ask yourself if you really need it/ if it brings you joy. If not, you know what to do! The rest can be organised by using Marie Kondo’s folding method, which you can find on YouTube.
  2. Books: same as with clothes, make a pile of all the books in your house and decide which ones you really want to keep for further reading.
  3. Papers: cleaning through all the papers like magazines, paperwork, receipts, bills etc. that pile up in any house might not be the most fun task, but it will clear up a LOT of space.
  4. Miscellaneous: these are all the objects that don’t fit in the other categories, including dishware, cosmetics, all the garage stuff (yes, you have to declutter that too!) etc.
  5. Objects with sentimental value: you might have a designated space for these items, but you will find these in other categories as well. Gather all of them and try to find a way to make use of them – you now should have much more space to display a photo of your parents, for example.

The KonMari decluttering method will help you create a better living space for you and your family, so that any object your eyes fall on will spark joy!

Decluttering can leave you with massive piles of items you want to discard, so why not hire a handy skip bin to make things easy? We can help you with skip bins in Fremantle and other SOR suburbs!

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How to Recycle in Perth and Fremantle

The Future of Household Waste Management

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

One of the more humbling facts about modern life is the fact that, for those with the privilege to live in first world countries, the reality is that our standard of living has never been higher in human history. Our standards of food, medicine, living conditions and even waste management have all improved massively with each new generation. 

But do you know what’s an even better realisation? The fact that our children will no doubt have a quality of life that far exceeds our own. 

So let’s have a friendly look towards the future and find out just what awaits us in the world of modern waste management. 


Waste = Energy

The times-are-a-changing and transformation is required for a bold new future, with many waste companies now shifting their focus towards converting waste into biofuel.  Yes, many waste companies hope to turn waste into energy! 

While thermal technologies have seen the biggest growth in the last decade, biological technologies hold great potential and could provide a major breakthrough in the energy sector. 

Thus, a new (and very promising) generation of companies is coming to life. Companies like LanzaTech are starting to use bio-tech to literally eat away biodegradable trash to convert said waste into a form of bio-fuel. Pretty cool, huh?

Another almost sci-fi example is Novozymes, a company that created a solution which converts used cooking oil into biodiesel. Alchemists, eat your heart out! 


The Circle of Waste

One of the big things in waste management is the idea that items have a shelf life that means things must be “thrown away” eventually. Even the word implies wastage. Well, that line of thinking is changing rapidly, and items are now being recycled more efficiently than ever before. 

A step up from that is the integration of wider economic systems, with certain initiatives for designers and manufacturers taking effect in the not too distant future across the globe. 

By 2025, we can expect waste management companies to step up and switch from burning and burying waste to returning it as valuable resources to manufacturers. 

Manufacturers themselves will need to “rewire” their process and think of today’s goods as tomorrow’s raw materials, making those initial steps towards a more renewable, long term business model. With this, the quality of the products themselves will change for the better, so that they last longer, are easier to repair and to dismantle. 

This is mostly done, on a more literal level, by closing what’s referred to as “resource loops” in the process of using key materials for goods in the marketplace, seeing through the lifespan of a product from it’s initial usage all the way to its final usage much later. 

This should hopefully create in the next decade or two a complete and harmonious system of circular good use and minimal waste creation. 


Consumers and Waste

Here’s undeniable proof that we are spoiled for choice and living a (bit too) plentiful life: half of the food produced on the globe ends up in the bin. The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year! We’re all guilty of wasting food, but how can we change that?

An idea that is becoming more popular is that of implementing smart cards, which would charge consumers for the waste they produce. This might sound a bit harsh, but this sort of measure can change public attitude faster than you can say “food waste”.

It has already been tried and successfully tested in South Korea – residents scan their smart cards, weigh their rubbish and are billed for the corresponding wastage. This would make anyone think twice before chucking those leftovers in the bin!


The future is bright if companies and consumers are prepared to take the plunge and commit to a more sustainable future, changing their attitude to rubbish. 

In the meantime, Bonza Bins are here to help you take care of your waste. For skip bins in Fremantle and other South of the River suburbs, get in touch today!

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