Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2021
Most of us want to help the environment by recycling as much as we can. Australian’s are known to produce 540kg of household waste per person, each year. As a result, the country is generating an estimated 67 million tonnes of waste, but only 37% is being recycled. To battle the war on waste, we all have to do our part with recycling. Here are some simple tips to recycle more effectively at home.
Recycling at home:
- Recycle the right way: Recycle all paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, and foil and steel tins.
- Do not put recyclables in plastic bags: Separate your recyclables by using a tub or basket.
- Leave lids and labels on plastic bottles: These will be removed during the recycling process.
- Garden waste belongs in your green waste bin: Do not put lawn clippings or branches in your recycling bin.
- Save water by not rinsing: Empty any food or excess liquid before you put items in the recycling bin.
- Do not put waste in your recycling bin: Make a conscious effort to separate your recyclables and waste and place them in the correct bins.
- Compost food scraps: These can be used in your garden as fertilizer.
- Have a local council or private recyclers take your whitegoods: Fridges, washing machines, dryers, microwaves etc.
Recycling at School
It’s important to take our recycling habits into our schools. It’s estimated that around 80% of what is used at school can be recycled. Providing children and adults with exposure to the importance of recycling, to help us all live in a greener and healthier community.
- Donate supplies: If you have any extra school supplies leftover at the end of the year, you can donate them to students in need or a local organisation.
- Reuse plastic bottles: Don’t throw away your single-use water bottles, refill them and reuse them.
- Reduce paper use: Reuse scrap pacers and make sure both sides of the paper are used before.
- Switch to rechargeable batteries: Switching to rechargeable batteries means you reduce the number of batteries thrown away in the trash.
- Set up a group of eco-students: Student’s can help bring awareness and monitor waste and recycling throughout the school. They can also help monitor litter and waste-free lunch activities.
Recycling at Work
The last major place you can make a difference is recycling at work. Here are a few tips to make some big changes to increase your recycling habits within the office.
- Pack your own lunch: By bringing your own lunch to the office in a reusable container, you will reduce packaging waste and save money.
- Bring your own coffee: Investing in your own reusable coffee cup is a great idea, you’ll save on single-use coffee cups and money. Alternatively, if you don’t want to make your own coffee, you can bring your reusable cup to your local cafe.
- Opt for a greener commute: The average work commute produces 7,000 carbon emissions per year. You can reduce your emissions by carpooling, biking, walking or using public transport.
- Reduce or reuse: Only print documents when absolutely necessary, otherwise use emails for most memos and communications. Use both sides of the paper when you can.
Managing waste is one of the challenges our country is facing right now. We can all make a difference by even following just a few of the above tips. At Bonza Bins we make rubbish removal easy. We accept almost any kind of waste and we have skip bins of any size to cater to your needs. For more information about our services, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Canning Vale and the Southern Suburbs.